Bank sponsors football camps

| 05/03/2010

(CNS): First Caribbean International Bank was amongst the first corporate supporters to donate to this year’s annual football camp organized by FC International Football Club. The football camps run from the second week of August during the summer holidays and children of all ages from around the islands flock to it to improve on their football skills. Richard Lewis of FirstCaribbean International Bank said, “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s FC International Football camps."

He said, "We believe that promoting sport among young people is vital to promoting healthy lifestyles. Football is one of the most popular supports in these islands so it is a natural choice for the bank to get involved.”

FC International conducts camps in the districts of Savannah, George Town, North Side and Cayman Brac as well as for Fairbanks Prison for females, and young people with special needs.

Over the years FC International has organised a number of educational presentations for its young players from agencies such as the Royal Cayman Islands Police, including talks about safety and guidance on good citizenship. Juliette Gooding, former Director of Cayman Islands 911 Emergency Centre, who is a long time supporter of, and active participant in the organization of the annual FC International Football camps, said, “I am extremely happy to participate in these camps because they enable me to maintain my keen interest in the development of the sport of football and do something for Cayman’s youth at the same time.” She continues, “I truly respect the time and effort that FC International always puts into the development of the youth and various other sectors in our community. I encourage other local businesses to get involved and to make a contribution no matter how great or small to ensure the camps continue to be a success.”

Kennedy Ebanks, President of FC International, stated that the club has been running these camps for many years and finds it a fulfilling task when the children and their parents come out and support the activities. He said, “I credit the success of the camps to the Technical Director Mr. Elbert McLean, who donates his time to teach the participants the essentials of the sport of football, along with the other coaching staff who are all volunteers.” He added, “We are very grateful to the staff members of FirstCaribbean International Bank, who were inspired to make this donation. We really appreciate the bank’s ongoing support of the youth of these islands.”

Registration information regarding the camps will be issued in the media over the coming months and parents should register their children as early as possible to secure them a place in the programme.

Photo: (Left to right) Alejandro Chisholm, Cieron Haylock (camp participants); Richard Lewis (representing FCIB); Juliette Gooding, former 911 Manager and supporter

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