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Freeport soccer youngsters travel to Nassau to play in tournament
By Mark Hardy, FRFC
Apr 19, 2017 - 10:10:32 PM

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Top l-r Ash Hardy, Adam Whittaker, Andrew Lane; and Front l-r Frank Saldana, Gabriel Suarez, Alain Austin

Freeport Rugby Football Club brings down the curtain on another successful youth soccer season this weekend when they’re Under 10s Boys soccer team travel to Nassau to participate in a Spring Break Youth Soccer Tournament

The group of boys from The Freeport Rugby Football Club’s Academy Programme, who all also play in the Club’s Grassroots Programme each Saturday, have been practicing every Wednesday (and indeed 3 times a week in recent times) in readiness for the trip. This determination and focus has allowed the boys to further hone their soccer skills and better play together as a team as well as better understand some of the more detailed intricacies of the game such as defending and taking corners and throw-ins. This is the first opportunity for all the boys to travel together as a team and represent the island of Grand Bahama.

Players selected are Adam Whittaker, Alain Austin, Ash Hardy, Andrew Lane, Barrett Francolla, Frank Saldana, Gabriel Suarez, Logan Graham and Manuel Ruiz. As well as the party of 9 players and 3 coaches, the group will include an entourage of another dozen family members as the young team prepare to travel in numbers (and great voice).

While in Nassau the boys will be playing various teams from local clubs Dynamos, Baha Juniors, Pirates, Cavalier and United in a series of small sided games. For interested spectators, all games will be at the Blue Hills Sports Centre in Nassau with games commencing on Saturday April 22nd at around 10am.

Local coach Frank Saldana noted that the trip is an ideal opportunity for the boys to both test their skills and make new friends, with the anticipation that the friendships (and rivalries) will grow over the years as all the players continue to play the game they love.

Programme Director Mark Hardy further noted that the games are the recommencement of a longstanding relationship between the Freeport Rugby Football Club and the Clubs in Nassau, Bahamas. Games between the respective programmes have been ongoing for years however they have dropped away in recent years primarily due to the cost of taking teams away! Hardy therefore took the opportunity to thank both the parents for their financial support and the teams in Nassau for the opportunity for games especially Coach Carl Lynch who has organized the event.

Coach Jacy Whittaker added that the aim is for the Programme to take Under 12s and Under 15s next year as well as the Under 10s. In addition, it is anticipated that the Club will host their OWN tournament in 2018 and can offer the same hospitality to the Nassau boys as they expect to receive this weekend.

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