There is a significant link between sports and music and FC International recently showcased that relationship.
At its annual George Town summer football camp, the organisation brought in jazz player Eddie Solomon and local music producer Charles ‘Greg’ Gregory of Hopscotch Recording Studios.
Solomon, who owns the Arabus clothing store, states both pursuits are beneficial to young people.
“Sports and music are a benefit to young people, they enjoy them hand in hand,” Solomon said. “Young people are always listening to music on things like their iPod before playing a game. To me, music and sports are like a mother and father to young people.”
The duo were at the T.E. McField Sports Centre, commonly called the Annex, on Wednesday morning. Fellow music icon Lammie and centenarian Julia Hydes were expected to attend but cancelled due to health concerns.
FC International’s free camp runs at the Annex until Friday, 24 August. Kids aged 6-16 are able to learn football fundamentals and hear from guest speakers from 9am until 1pm.
Both Solomon and Gregory expressed their approval of the camp’s attempt to nurture youngsters on and off the field.
“This is my first time coming to the camp and I hope to come back next year,” Gregory said. “I have grandkids, quite a few of them and most of the kids on the Island have nothing to do. It keeps the youngsters positive.
“As for the music, over the years I’ve had kids as small as primary school age come in and check out the studio. If anyone wants to rap or do something like reggae music, they can check me at the studio.”
“It’s very encouraging and I’m very impressed with it,” Solomon said. “Some of them look so young but they’re playing football and not joking around. It’s really good and the intermixing of nationalities and different pigmentations is good. I wish the older people could see that.”
In years past, the camp has offered an interesting collection of community figures as guest speakers included Olympic hero Ronald Forbes. Among those present on Wednesday were Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence, youth services coordinator James ‘Jamo’ Myles and football figures Graham Rankin, Ralph Williams and Donald Solomon.
From here, FC International will be staging one-week camps across the Cayman Islands, heading out to locales like Fairbanks Prison, Lighthouse School, North Side and Cayman Brac.