YMCA will perfect junior strokes

Local youth have a new outlet this summer.

Dozens of children and teenagers are swimming, playing football and having fun this summer, thanks to a special collaboration between the newly-formed Cayman chapter of the Young Men’s Christian Association and the Cayman Islands Sports Office.

The first group of children braved the drizzle this week to take part in the swimming programme at the Lions Aquatic Centre. Instructing the kids were local swim coaches Chester Hurlston and Paula Swaby.

Registration is still open for the six YMCA/Sports Office summer camps – which include football, basketball and others. These sessions are being offered at no cost to children aged six to 16.

Expressing his appreciation of the organisation’s contribution, Sports Director Collin Anglin declared, “My office is especially grateful that the YMCA made the offer, as there were challenges in funding the holiday camps this year.”

The new YMCA board is a collection of well-known faces: local pastors, businessmen, government leaders, educators and volunteers. One YMCA director and hands-on leader is Jamal Young, who has been involved in events like youth flag football. Young stated that his association offers, “wholesome sports evangelism and exposes children to great life-skills through sports.”

Established as a charitable trust, the “Y,” as the group is commonly known, makes programmes available through fundraising and donations. While it has already raised start-up funds, there will be continued campaigns to fund future initiatives.

For more information, contact the Sports Office at 949-7082 or call the YMCA at 916-7600 or visit ymcacayman.ky