Children improve football, life skills at Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy Camp

The recently concluded KFC Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy summer camp underscored the power of sport for positively transforming young lives.

Speaking at the Camp’s award ceremony at the Pinelands Community Centre, camp coordinator Renee Smith said the two week long camp could be hailed as a success given the progress made on and off the field by the close to 60 participants, ages four to 17 years, and more importantly by the campers own admission that they had barrels of fun.

Smith said while several participants were drawn from the Soccer Academy’s membership, the Camp also attracted a number of children from other clubs and communities across Barbados, including eight who were beginners at the game. Activities included training by Soccer Academy coaches focussing on football skills and techniques, mini competition, behavioural instruction, and fitness sessions by Pinelands based instructor Ivor Cooke.

“It was really amazing to see the progress that so many of our campers managed to make in two weeks, and it really show how football can be used to develop a child’s character and personality, and to teach important life lessons,” Smith said.

The coordinator said a highlight of the Camp was the tour to KFC’s Hastings restaurant which the children really enjoyed. Campers were also awarded daily prizes for discipline, helpfulness and so on, while at the official awards ceremony there were special prizes for outstanding performance, and each camper received a participation certificate.

Participants, counsellors and mentors celebrate with their achievement certificates following the Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy Camp awards ceremony.

Participants, counsellors and mentors celebrate with their achievement certificates following the Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy Camp awards ceremony.

Big winners were Zion Jordan who received a special Entrepreneur Award, while on the field in the junior category, Azariah Roberts won Most Improved Player, and Shaqkem Browne won Most Outstanding Player. In the senior category, Xavier Ottley won Most Disciplined Player, while Jalise Bradshaw and Tamia Reece tied for the Most Outstanding Girl Award. Tito Jones was recognised as Coach of the Camp.

KFC Marketing Coordinator Shekelia Barrow said KFC continued to be fully supportive of the Pineland’s Youth Soccer Academy’s mission of supporting personal development in pursuit of excellence for young people.

“We are proud of our association with Pinelands and the Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy which continues to acquit itself admirably on the football field in Barbados, winning major championships and reaching several finals across age categories. This year’s camp is another demonstration of our commitment, and also of the willingness of Pinelands to share its success with children from other clubs and communities and that is indeed admirable.

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