Champs will pass on knowledge

Cayman’s national football champions are helping stage an annual summer camp. 

Bodden Town Football Club are partnering with the Department of Sports to put on a free camp this week in the district. The Haig Bodden Sports Complex will host kids ages 7-16 from Monday, 5 August, until Friday, 9 August, 9am to noon each day. 

Director of Sports Collin Anglin said the camp is part of the Department of Sports’ summer offerings. 

“Bodden Town head coach and technical director Elbert McLean is serving as camp director and it is being sponsored by the Young Men’s Christian Association Cayman chapter,” Anglin said. “We only have two camps left, with the basketball camp happening next week. I would encourage parents to come early and register their children so they can benefit from coach Elbert’s instruction.” 

Bodden Town claimed the Cayman Islands Football Association 2013 Premier League crown and went on to take the FA Cup last season. The squad, featuring standouts like Kareem James, was inspired to win the double in honour of former team-mate Gerome ‘Bird’ Graham, 20, who died at football training a year ago from an undetected enlarged heart. 

Over the years, the Bodden Town camp has had a decent turnout under coach McLean, with players like Thomas Bush being involved. 

Bodden Town are staging one of the last football camps before Cayman hosts the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football Under-15 Tournament for the first time ever. 

The competition will feature 24 teams competing on 13-25 August. Cayman is in Group A against Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Marteen and the US Virgin Islands. Cayman’s first game is next Tuesday, 13 August, at 7.30pm against St. Marteen at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. 

 

The Bodden Town camp comes ahead of the free basketball camp being put on by the sports department, YMCA Cayman and the Cayman Islands Basketball Association on 12-16 August. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre will host kids ages 6-17 from 9am to noon each day. 

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Thomas Bush, white shirt, was involved in last year’s camp. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES