Football organisation FC International opened its annual free football camp for 180 boys and girls ages 5‑17 at the George Town Primary school field on Wednesday.

The football camp, carried out over the summer school break for youngsters, assists young athletes improve their football skills, teamwork and discipline.

Participants were led through various football drills by coaches.

The camp will run in George Town for one week, before moving on to North Side for a week.

Marathon runner and prolific fundraiser Derek Haines along with Gary Rankin from sponsor Paramount Group shared some sound advice with the young players at the camp about making positive choices.

“If you work hard, you can accomplish your goals,” Haines said. He told the kids how he went about raising money for the Special Needs Foundation Cayman, and how people put their trust in him to bring back the money that he raises. He said all the money he raises on his charity drives goes directly to the beneficiaries, and he covers the expenses involved himself.

Haines told the youngsters to make good use of the positive opportunities that were given to them and use their energy for good. He also shared information with them about his recent eight-week trek across the Pyrenees mountain range from Hendaye to Banyuls-sur-Mer in France.

Rankin told the children to listen to their coaches and enjoy the camp and training experience.

“It’s all about meeting new friends, discipline and coordination and having fun,” he said.

The organisers of the camp are club president Kennedy Ebanks and technical director Elbert McLean.

Coach McLean said the FC International camp offers the campers focus, discipline and basic fundamental football moves, such as passing, controlling and working as a team.

Ebanks thanked all sponsors who make the free football camp available to the young players each year.