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Published 24th July 2006, 12:6pm

Cayman's answer to this year's FIFA World Cup championships will take place in August, in the form of the Cayman Islands FC International Football Camp. The organizers are making preparations for the thirteenth occasion of the annual event, which will see aspiring young football players from all over the islands come together to participate in training sessions and games. Players can expect to be coached by experienced trainers from countries all over the world, including legendary footballing nation, Brazil. Sessions are designed to develop discipline and teamwork as well as ball-control skills. There will also be visits from the National Drug Council, the Commissioner of Police and the Fire Department, who will use the opportunity to give talks and provide guidance on important social issues affecting Cayman's young people. At the end of the sessions children will get the chance to prove their footballing prowess by pitching their skills against the camp's trainers in a final match. President of FC International, Mr. Kennedy Ebanks, is encouraging young footballers everywhere to take part, and urging parents to help their children attend the event. He said, "We are about more than just teaching children football and teamwork skills. With a number of organized visits from community groups, we are sending a positive message to young people, encouraging them to stay active and engage in positive pursuits." The Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Alden McLaughlin, JP, commended Mr. Ebanks and Bodden Town District Coach with the Department of Youth and Sports, Mr. Elbert McLean, on their good work. Reiterating the importance of participation, the Honourable Minister remarked, "It is paramount for young people to engage in sporting events such as these. Not only will they enjoy the opportunity to learn a sport, but they also learn the importance of staying active and healthy, as well as a host of other skills which prove invaluable in all aspects of life, like teamwork, discipline, competitiveness, and social skills." The Honourable Minister added, "I commend the organizers for their efforts and encourage parents and children across the islands to support this event." The camp is expected to attract hundreds of young participants, and opens in George Town where it will run for one week. The camp then moves to Savannah for one day only, before moving on to North Side for one week. The camp concludes with a one day session in Cayman Brac. Admission to the camp is free of charge and open to children between the ages of 6 and 16. A free lunch, as well as a free branded t-shirt and ball will be awarded to each participant. For information on taking part please call FC International on (345) 949-0011.