Scholars offer good times

Sports camps are all the rage during the summer months and the Scholars version was no different.

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The youngsters already have a love for the game.
Photo: Matthew Yates

Last week saw the annual Scholars Football Camp. West Bay Primary School Field was the site of over 150 kids aged 7-17.

The free camp took place from 8.30am to 2.30pm throughout the week and included lunch.

Children took part in drills, practice games and had talks from a number of local players and coaches.

Among the coaches at the camp was junior men’s national team coach Gillie Seymour, nine-year Scholars player Terrence Tiroll and national women’s team coach Bobby McLaren.

The camp, now in its 30th year, was a hit with kids in the district.

Among those that enjoyed themselves was 11-year-old Brittany Bodden of West Bay.

‘I’ve been going to the camp for the last three years. I enjoy playing football, meeting and getting along with different people.

‘I decided to come on my own and I want to play midfield in the women’s league one day.’

Even though the camp was geared to kids at least seven years old, a few came out that were a year or two younger.

In fact the youngest was five-year-old D’monte Seymour. Seymour says he was simply out to play more of his favourite sport.

‘This is the first time I’ve come here. I like football; it’s my most favourite sport. I like to run; I like to be all over the place.’

The feedback from the kids has left the coaches and club officials feeling satisfied with their efforts.

Among them was local politician and Scholars President Cline Glidden Jr.

‘This year we had about 150-170 kids. I thought it was good seeing the kids enjoy the camp, especially since there was such a high calibre of coaches.’

For Glidden Jr. the camp is a consistent good time for the kids because many of the issues involved with summer camps are taken out of the mix.

‘Every year we look forward to giving back to the community.

‘With our camp we make it a point to be free of cost. We find a lot of kids can’t afford some of the other camps.

‘The beauty of it is kids just have to show up. We provide the equipment and the food.’

Glidden went on to express his gratitude to all the sponsors, especially local restaurants, who helped make the camp a success.

As this is Scholars’ 30th anniversary, Glidden also wished to thank all the supporters who have contributed to Scholars over the years.

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