Fruta Conquerors FC launch annual Summer Camp
The Fruta Conquerors Football Club yesterday launched their annual Summer Camp which will see players between ages 7-17 years being exposed to the basic rudiments of the sport at the club’s Tucville facilities.
Bing held under the theme, “Inspiring young minds through soccer and academics”, the activity saw a total of 23 youths attending yesterday’s launching which was attended by club President Wayne Forde, Coach Sampson Gilbert, Club Daniel Thomas, Ministry of Education (MoE) National Literacy Coordinator Murray Greenidge and MoE Educators Loucresia Simmons and Lynda Gomes.
President Forde who praised Coach Gilbert for
keeping the Camp alive over the past five years was happy that the Coach and club is maintaining the initiative of conducting this camp that will help to keep the youths gainfully occupied during the August vacation, stated that they are looking to further develop the programme with a concept to improve the life skills of the youths.
“I cannot ignore the contribution the Coach (Gilbert) has made to keep the summer programme alive. We are looking to develop the youths and equip them with life skills which will go hand in hand with their academics.”
He added that it is equally important for the youths to balance their academics with extra-curricular activities and hopes that the Camp will provide that impetus for them.
“We are hoping for them to have that enthusiasm for learning for the new school term that is approaching.”
Forde continued by saying that great things are in store for the Summer Camp in the future, “Local tours and probably overseas tours for the youth are some of things that we are discussing.”
MoE National Literacy Coordinator Murray Greenidge informed that the two educators who will be working with the youths during the reminding two weeks of the camp are specially trained for such programmes.
The Coordinator said that it was a privilege to be involved and one aims is to make it an exciting and memorable activity for the youngsters.
He added that the participants will be gaining a wealth of knowledge from the programme academically as their reading and writing skills will be improved to prepare them for the new school term, “It is good for a footballer or an athlete to be a rounded person.”
Gilbert in remarks said that he is hoping that the parents encourage their children to attend the camp which will run from 13:00 to 15:00hrs daily. “It is important for the parents to work along with us to get the children out.”
Gilbert who informed that the camp started back in 2007 said he was very was happy that the Ministry of Education came on board to assist: “We always had an educational component but not so focused on academics.”
Meanwhile, the Club Executive and members are united in expressing gratitude to the various sponsors that have contributed.