Sep 02, 2015 Sports
The programme commenced on July 20th with 48 participants and 5 weeks later, at the close of the 18th edition of the Annual Hearts of Oak Masters ‘Teach them Young’ football Summer camp, a record 104 persons received certificates while the more outstanding ones were given special gifts.
Activities were coordinated by former national football player Neil ‘Grizzly’ Humphrey with assistance from Colin Bowery, Heatcliff Peters, Michael Erskine, Stayman Adams, Simone Bowlers, Lindsey Dougherty and Jenifer Wade. Several female inmates of the New Amsterdam Prison also comprised a part of the programme.
Mr. Humphrey intimated that the programme’s pivotal objective was to help participants inculcate the fundamental rules and regulations while enhancing their knowledge base of the game.
The coordinator also noted that participants have improved in their overall skills and seem to be appreciative of the tenets of sportsmanship and sound human relations skills. The coordinator experimented with several techniques in the dispensation of pertinent knowledge and the participants were further divided into three sections- 4-8-yrs, 9-12-years and those over 12 years. During the practical sessions the students were tutored in techniques in several areas including receiving, passing, shooting, dribbling, heading, overlapping, goal keeping, throwing, and taking the ball on the thigh and chest among others. They were also schooled in defensive techniques, attacking and overlapping.
Mr. Humphrey emphasized the importance of learning the rules since it is on these guides that players are able to perfect their game. He also underlined the importance of discipline, etiquette, and good table manners, all important in the all round developmental process.
The students were further schooled on the adverse effects of the dreaded HIV/AIDS disease and warned of the detriments of improper sex practices. During the closing ceremony the youths were congratulated and encouraged to encompass the recently acquired lessons in their daily activities.
The facilitators also urged them to focus on their academic development to enhance their personal lives. They were also told to be good ambassadors and to share what they have learnt with those unable to have been a part of the sessions.
Mr. Bowery then delivered a review of the programme and expressed gratitude to those organizations and individuals that contributed towards the success of the camp. He also expressed gratitude to the Alphonso family for their donation of several pairs of sneakers to outfit several Under-12 players.
Several other entities donated unselfishly towards the cause including the All Saints Primary School, All Saints Presbyterian Church, Metro Office Supplies and the Department of Culture Youth and Sports.
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