The Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club will host a “Halloween COOL Camp” on Oct. 24 to 26 during the mid-term break at the Camana Bay CIS Football Pitch.
Earlier this year, the club held COOL Camps during the February midterm and Easter, with more than 60 children in attendance at each. They also hosted “Summer Blitz Days” in May and June.
Organizers said there was a great mix of nationalities at the camps, and the youngsters gave lots of positive feedback following the sessions, as they enjoyed using skills learned from other sports, along with learning new Gaelic techniques.
Some children had played in previous Gaelic COOL Camps, while others came from netball, soccer and rugby backgrounds, and found it easy to adapt these experiences to Gaelic football.
“The coaches were enthusiastic and excited at the talent that was displayed by children who had never even seen the sport before, and even some who had never played a team sport. Many parents also participated in the session and were enquiring about more regular fixtures,” a press release from the club stated.
In the Halloween COOL Camp, training will start with a basic warm-up for all players, followed by a quick fun game to get everyone familiar with catching and throwing the football.
The coaching will then move on to teaching a couple of specific techniques used in Gaelic football, followed by a chance to practice these new skills in drills. To further develop these practices, a short, fun-orientated game for each age group will take place to challenge the players to incorporate their new skills into the team play environment. Finally, a competitive game will close the session.
The three-day club will focus on learning and developing the Gaelic football skills of running, passing, kicking and tackling, along with movement and agility skills, teamwork and friendship.
Indoor facilities are available at Cayman International School, so regardless of weather conditions, the camp will go ahead. The camp is open to 6- to 15-year-olds, and will take place at Cayman International School, Camana Bay, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Places are limited to 70, so interested families are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Registration will close Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. The cost is $80 for the first child, and $40 per sibling thereafter, and payment must be paid in advance at time of online registration.