Lighthouse School students scored points with FC International at the school’s playing field on Friday, Nov. 25.
FC International camp technical director and coach Elbert McLean, along with president Kennedy Ebanks, said they could not think of anything better than holding a session of the organization’s annual football camp program with students at the Lighthouse School.
“The greatest satisfaction comes from watching children, regardless of ability, learn to appreciate football,” said Mr. Ebanks.
He encouraged the children to get in on the action and also to have fun while doing so. Mr. Ebanks even took time out to give special attention to the students who seemed a bit shy.
The 20 young participants were eager to show they had the stamina, ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills of the game. Even the challenged students who could not join in with the physical activity of the game cheered on their classmates from the sidelines. Student Kingsley Eleweanya, all smiles and always excited to see his classmates participating in any sort of activity, cheered from his mat. When it came time for him to have the ball, he gave it a good hand punch, which had pre-vocational teacher Susan Whittaker scrambling for the ball.
Coach McLean taught the young players techniques like passing the ball, teamwork and discipline, and later had them participate in a friendly game.
All participants had an opportunity to throw the ball or pose with FC International members and teachers.
Elroy Bryan, principal of Lighthouse School and a former physical education teacher, said he was appreciative of the time FC International took with the students. He said it was a good opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity.
“It’s not the first time students have looked forward to showing off their skills …. We may feel that students are limited in a certain way, but they have abilities just like everyone else,” Mr. Bryan said.
Jamie Mulgrew, deputy principal of Lighthouse School, said the camp was exciting for the students and it was a great opportunity for them to socialize after school, as well as giving them a chance to access sports and feel successful.
After the camp, the football players hugged FCI members and sat down to enjoy pizza.
Mr. Ebanks said FC International has been running its football camp for many years and he thinks it is very important for Cayman’s youth. “Most camps, you have to pay but we do ours totally free, with the help of sponsorship from individuals, businesses, government and anyone else that’s willing to give,” said Mr. Ebanks.