Barbados Tourism Authority offers relief for parents during summer vacation from schools: FREE CAMP!

Psst! Hey moms and dads, if the brats … uh … kids get to be too much for your frazzled nerves? Then the Tourism Authority is giving a slim thread of hope

In this, its first year, the camp will be held during the school summer holidays enabling children visiting the island with their families, and Barbadian children, to receive inspirational coaching from iconic sports stars, completely free of charge.

This year, the sports being coached are cricket, rugby and football, with the camp operating from 16th July to 27th August.

Jeremy Guscott … set to coach young hopefuls.

Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge will be tutoring kids on the fine arts of cricket as well as Big Bird himself, Joel Garner – with those two our next generation of cricketers may actually stand a chance! Rugby stars Chris Sheasby, Austin Healey, Jeremy Giscott, Andy Goode and Jason Leonard will show tykes how to tackle and Mark Bright will be there for soccer fans –

The camp is open to children between the ages of nine and 15. It will take place between 11 a.m and 4 p.m each weekday with the emphasis being firmly on fun and the opportunity to learn new skills from the expertise of the sports stars.

In lieu of fees, the BTA is going to make donations to SPARKS

SPARKS funds pioneering research that has a practical, positive impact on the lives of babies and children. Many important areas of paediatric research depend heavily on funding from SPARKS.

In addition, whether visitor or local, transpee(*) is included …. according to the Daily Telegraph –

Transport(*) will also be provided to ferry children to and from their hotels to the venues. The rugby and football courses will be held at the Garrison Savannah, south of the capital Bridgetown, while the cricket sessions will be at the Three W’s Oval at the University of the West Indies, close to the capital.

The BTA plans to make the Sport Camp an annual event each summer, though a nominal charge may be introduced from next year.

Tourism chiefs hope the courses will not just benefit tourists, but local children and youngsters struck down by illness.

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