For the third year in a row, the Cayman Islands Football Association has invited the celebrated Dutch Coach Roy Wilhelm and his staff of four Dutch Soccer School coaches her to conduct a training camp.
It runs from 8-12 August for talented Caymanian youths at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
The registration fee remains at $150 and includes a kit, a ball and refreshments, with expert tuition from coach Wilhelm and his assistants Sander Verhoeven, Carsten Ditchfield, Sietze Warniers and Jelle Goudswaard.
The camp will run from 9am1pm daily and the instructors will be focusing on technical and tactical drills to ensure that the participants get better and stronger.
This camp will also have a specialist goal keeping coach as well to identify young and aspiring keepers, to educate them on important basic tactics in professional =keeping. The camp will be open for all players, boys and girls, aged 6–18.
Roy Wilhelm, who currently works for MVV, PSV Eindhoven and Willem ll Tilburg, said: “The Dutch football philosophy is to create an open learning environment built around the structure of their national football education, known all over the world.
“The Dutch staff and the CIFA representatives believe that the camp programme is designed to build on successes in which players’ skills are analysed, identified and corrected.
“Our staff will be totally dedicated to the development of the Caymanians. Every session, every day will be a challenge, because my staff and I will show the participants the cutting edge of the Dutch training method. The players will be challenged in two areas: technical improvement and tactical awareness.”
Wilhelm has high expectations for this camp and predicts that his young and enthusiastic staff will enjoy the hospitality and friendship of the CIFA administration, players and their parents as well, adding that he had fond memories of the successful camp last year.
As they did before, the staff will train selected players from the national team on the Wednesday evening and the closing ceremony will take place on Friday evening, with parents and football fans welcomed.
Wilhelm saw the Netherlands come second in last summer’s World Cup so there is still a lot of value in the Dutch method. PSV Eindhoven is one of the most successful clubs in European history, having won the Dutch league seven times.
The club has nurtured a string of world-class players from their world-respected youth programmes such as Ruud Gullit, Jaap Stam, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Romario.