Dutch Coach of PSV Eindhoven Roy Wilhelm and four other experienced coaches are arriving in the Cayman Islands next Sunday 7 August.
The group will conduct the Dutch soccer camp 8-12 August at the Truman Bodden Sports complex in George Town.
The contingent was invited by the Cayman Islands Football Association and this trip marks their third time on the island in this capacity. The youth will be the target for these sessions as usual and it will run from 8:30 to 12:30 daily with the main focus on 6-18 year-olds.
This is part of the long term development efforts included in the association’s yearly calendar to expose the young players, both boys and girls, to the highest level of coaching. 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 keeper coach as well who will be identifying young and aspiring goal keepers to educate them on fundamental skills and tactics in professional goal keeping.
The registration fee remains at $150 and includes a kit, a ball and refreshments, as well as access to Coach Wilhelm and his staff which consists of Sander Verhoeven, Carsten Ditchfield, Sietze Warniers and Jelle Goudswaard.
According Roy Wilhelm, who currently works for MVV, PSV Eindhoven and Willem ll Tilburg, “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 Cayman football representatives believe that the camp program is designed to build on successes in which player’s skills are analysed, identified and corrected. Our Dutch 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 went on to state his high expectations of this camp and predicted that his young and enthusiastic staff will enjoy the hospitality and friendship of the Cayman football administration, players and their parents as well, adding that he had doting memories of the successful 2010 camp.
Similar to last year the staff will train selected players from the national team on the Wednesday evening and the closing ceremony will take place on Friday evening, exposing the camp to the parents and football fans.
PSV Eindhoven is one of the most successful clubs in European history, having won the Dutch league seven times. Over the past decades the club has produced a string of world-class international players from their world-respected youth programs such as Ruud Gullit, Jaap Stam, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Romario. PSV has carved out an historical alcove in world football, demonstrating teamwork and European mentality which is a trademark of Dutch football.