Sep 22, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Fruitful engagements as Hearts of Oak Masters Annual football camp concludes
Five weeks of intense sports activities came to an end when the curtains came down on the annual Hearts of Oak Masters ‘Teach them Young’ Football Summer Camp, with a presentation ceremony at the Prison Officers Sports Club, Penitentiary Walk New Amsterdam, recently.
Sessions were conducted at the Prison Officers Sports Club and participants were exposed to practical and theoretical sessions in several areas including sports, etiquette, HIV and AIDS and general education with physical fitness and fair play being an integral part.
Several experts facilitated the event including officials of the New Amsterdam Prison headed by OC, Assistant Superintendent Kevin Pilgrim. He spoke on ethical issues as well as issues relating to the laws and the consequences of breaking those very laws.
The youths were congratulated and encouraged to convert the theoretical lessons into practical pursuits and advised to remain in school as education is the key to success. They were also told to be good ambassadors and to return to their respective institutions and impart their newly acquired knowledge.
Some participants also received sports gears including trunks, football boots, hoses, goal keeping gloves and jerseys with the Hearts of Oak ‘Teach them young’ inscriptions emblazoned on the front. Several overseas based Guyanese supported the venture with donations and prizes including former national basketball player, Sean Semple and former national footballer, Keith Humphrey among others.
Upon conclusion of the camp, participants received certificates with the most outstanding presented with special gifts comprising of school uniforms, football jerseys, pants and socks among others.
Jamal Woolford received a prize for the best attendance while Delon Alleyne was adjudged the most improved participant. The prize for the best overall participant was awarded to Junior Seepersaud. The camp closed with participants engaged in a number of exhibition games.
Several competent individuals facilitated the course including Neil Humphrey, Colin and Ikie Bowry, Adrian Ford, Randy Sears, Jamal Joseph, Phillip Carrington, Zahir Moakhan, Orin Ferdinand and overseas based Sean Semple.
Mr. Humphrey said that the main aim of the programme was to instill a better understanding of the rules and regulations of the respective disciplines while improving participants’ overall knowledge base.
The objective was also for them to understand sportsmanship while facilitating interaction among their peers. Some of the participants also engaged in an Under-13 football competition at the closing ceremony.
The organizers wish to express gratitude to those persons and organizations that assisted in the success of the forum even as they anticipate fruitful engagements in the impending 2013 sessions.
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