The participants of the El Ninos Football Club Youth Summer Camp were duly recognized during the closing ceremony which took place last Friday at the Center polyvalent jeunesse et sports Desruisseaux.
Organizers say the two-week camp supported by the St Lucia Football Association [SLFA] Inc. and other corporate entities have proven to be “very successful”.
The camp took place from August 15 to 26 at the Desruisseaux playground for players aged 7 to 12. The exercise focused on the following components, of; Ball skills and techniques, Footwork drills, Strategy and teamwork drills, Fun games and tryouts.
SLFA President Lyndon Cooper noted that part of the association’s overall development agenda is to see such initiatives come to fruition.
He reassured attendees that there are opportunities in football for everyone, while reiterating that “every playing field must provide a safe environment for everyone”.
Cooper said the SLFA seeks to ensure that the necessary resources are made available to ensure that football remains an enjoyable sport for all and moreover the sport of choice for them.
He added, “So far, SLFA Inc. is encouraged by the success of the camp and is happy to see the joy it has brought to the young people.”
President Cooper pledged the SLFA’s continued support for the camp for the next five years and further implored the participants, coaches and the El Ninos club to keep striving to take “football to new heights”.
Herman Edward Financial Controller, at SOL EC Ltd., expressed his satisfaction with the work undertaken by El Ninos not only in relation to the camp itself, but also for the growth and development of football in the community.
He pointed out that these developments were synonymous with the grassroots program undertaken by the National Lottery Authorities of Saint Lucia and the SLFA Inc.
Edward, a resident of the Desruisseaux community, said he was proud of the work being done in the community and delighted that El Ninos “don’t have to seek outside players as they continue to develop their own. , while building a legacy that summer camp embodies.
To that end, he added, SOL, through its corporate social responsibility, “will continue its unwavering support to future camps as they are very happy with what has happened”.
For their part, the organizers of the camp were satisfied with its result and presented all the sponsors with plaques as a sign of appreciation. The campers themselves received medals and certificates.