One of the country’s leading football club – Fruta Conquerors – recently launched their 8th Annual Football Summer Camp.
At a simple ceremony at their Tucville home ground, Fruta Conquerors’ Secretary Daniel Wilson said initially, the camp would’ve catered for at least 40 children, but however the numbers have since inflated.
The camp aims at educating young minds on social issues through football while helping to build a generation of footballers who are rounded both on and off the field.
Thomas, in giving a comprehensive overview of what has been crafted for the next three weeks, pointed out that the camp will not just enlighten the youngsters on the fundamentals of football, but also edify them on crucial life skills and social issues.
According to the Guyana Times report, from among the topics to be delivered by experts in the respective fields are Drug and Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Peer Pressure, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, HIV and STIs, environmental issues, and media relations.
Some of the presenters confirmed to conduct the classroom sessions are Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, Senior Superintendent Angela Harding, University of Guyana lecturers Deon Frank and Dr Carolyn Walcott, former Director of Prisons Dale Erskine, Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association’s Renuka Anandjit and US-based Guyanese Britney Brathwaite.
Football training will be spearheaded by the Club’s Head Coach, Calvin Allen, and a battery of coaches, who will deal with specific areas.
Director of Marketing and Communications at the Guyana Football Federation, Rawle Toney, lauded the club’s contribution to football in Guyana and attributed their input to consistent investment of their players at the youth level.
Toney highlighted the importance of the Club’s executives choosing pertinent topics to be addressed, and for encouraging youth participation in football, which can only serve to enhance the development of the game.
The National Milling Company (Namilco), a major supporter of the Club’s programme, has thrown its support behind the three-week academy, as well as Scotiabank, which is onboard with the Tucville-based Club for the first time.
Both sponsors’ representatives, Affeeze Khan and Jennifer Cipriani, were delighted to partner with the Club, and they both left strong words of advice for the youngsters.
Classroom sessions will be held from 09:00h to 12:00h and football training from 13:00h to 15:00h daily.
The academy, which ends on August 21, has received tremendous support from corporate entities such as Namilco; Scotiabank; Guyana Beverage Company; Digicel; Farfan and Mendes; Food For The Poor (Guyana); the Education Ministry and the office of the Director of Sport as well as the Guyana Football Federation.