FC International sets its goals

FC International has long been one
of Cayman’s most community-minded football clubs. With a number of successful
camps in 2010 the goals are high for 2011.

As usual the majority of the
planned football camps this year will take place in the summer months. The club
intends to bring in its usual array of community guest speakers. Two extra
areas of focus this time around, according to FC International President
Kennedy Ebanks, is crime prevention and environmental accountability.

“911 Emergency Services and the
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service have always been supporters of our camps,”
Ebanks said. “I thank them for their support over the years and this year we’re
especially pushing their mantra of reporting criminal activity and being an
accountable citizen. These are rough times and the young people don’t appreciate
the fact that those establishments have people who keep Cayman running by
working night shifts. They help keep Cayman a safe place. We need the kids to
understand that.

“For 2011 we also want the kids to
adopt an attitude against littering. Loose trash spills onto Cayman’s football
fields and government is already spending millions in keeping all of Cayman
clean. We got to keep the fields and Cayman in general clean for everyone.”

Last year FC Intl held camps across
the Cayman Islands, including Cayman Brac. The locales ranged from the
Fairbanks women’s prison to the T.E. McField stadium. Dozens of children under
the age of 19 turned up and engaged in football drills. On the whole Ebanks
thought 2010 was a good year for his camps and for football in Cayman as a

“Last year was a good year for
football. We saw a lot of future talent in our camps. We benefitted from great
football minds on the island such as Jeff Webb (Cayman Islands Football
Association President), Elbert McLean (who is FC Intl Camp Director), Fred
Ebanks and Manlio Conolly. In addition we had some great speakers such as Ellio
Solomon, Paul Harris and Mark Scotland. Of course various members of the public
helped such as Locksley Haylock, Berna Thompson-Cummins, Mr. William Nixon and
Mrs. Lorraine Nixon.

“I thank the churches for praying
for us in 2010, the parents for their support and Cayman Free Press (in particular
journalists Ron Shillingford and Matthew Yates) for promoting sports. Happy New
Year to all and we look forward to hosting camps in 2011 and beyond