Lighthouse kids had a ball again

The Lighthouse School caters for students with special needs and FC International held its annual football camp for them in Prospect on Saturday. 

Kennedy Ebanks, president of FC International, organized it and Bodden Town Football Club technical director Elbert McLean coordinated it all, bringing along some of his own juniors as well as senior team players.  

The camp was also sponsored by WestStar TV, whose Chief Operating Officer Bob Taylor said they were pleased to contribute. “This is a great program and the community needs to support it more,” Taylor said.  

He feels that although the Lighthouse School gets government funding it will never get enough and it will only be more successful when community-minded supporters like FC International contribute.  

“WestStar has been here for the past 20 years and this is when everybody should be part of the neighborhood,” Taylor said.  

He added that the kids had a great time. Taylor kept goal and admitted he was a lousy keeper and the better players had a lot of fun. 

Olga Gourzong is the Lighthouse School’s deputy principal. She said: “This is a chance for students to learn team building, improves their social skills and gives them the opportunity to mix with other students of their own age.  

“It’s a fun time and a way of exposing them to new opportunities. It is something they look forward to every year.  

“This year, we’re a little down because we’re missing our PE teacher Elroy Bryan, who has been transferred to another school. But he laid down a good foundation.” 

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden was there, too, and he praised FC International who he said have been consistently holding football camps across the Cayman Islands for years.  

“Kennedy is a grassroots kind of guy who comes from humble beginnings and he has desired from his playing days to really make a difference to young people.  

“This camp has been running for six years and it’s obviously making a difference. Coach Elbert has worked consistently with Kennedy and they do tremendous work.  

“The government has played its part in terms of funding. I’m here as sports minister to keep tabs on what is going on and to see how we can best improve as sponsors.” 

Bodden added that former players like him are happy to give back to successive generations.  

Kennedy Ebanks said: “I’m happy to go to my grave that I continue to contribute a positive thing to the Cayman Islands and will do so in the future.” 

He added that many kids say they would love to have a football camp every Saturday. 

Kennedy Ebanks, president of FC International, organized it and Bodden Town Football Club technical director Elbert McLean coordinated it all, bringing along some of his own juniors as well as senior team players. 

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WestStar’s Bob Taylor (front, yellow top) sportingly kept goal for a while.

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The Lighthouse kids enjoyed FC International’s football camp. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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