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Freeport Rugby Football Club: Registration for Boys’ Soccer Programme Saturday October 7th and 14th
By Mark Hardy, FRFC
Oct 4, 2017 - 5:50:24 PM

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The hugely successful Freeport Rugby Football Club grass-roots soccer programme kicks off again this Saturday at 11.30am at the Freeport Rugby Football Club with registration of boys running from 11am to Midday (with practice starting at 11.30). Registration will also be held on Saturday 14th at the same time.

The Club’s Soccer Programmes focus primarily on young boys and young men on the island. The Saturday grass-roots programme traditionally focuses on primary school age boys aged 7 to 11 but has been extended to include 12-year-old this year. Going forward, it is hoped that next season (2018-19) the age range can be lowered to include 6 years as more coaches come on board as organisers are aware of the keen interest for children    in that age group.

Organisers also anticipate an Under 15 boys programme to commence by the end of October to meet the demand and talents of the youngsters in the community.

Over the years, the soccer programme has promoted sportsmanship, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline   as well as developing soccer skills. The Club and Programme organisers are proud   that the programme has helped at least a dozen boys obtain soccer scholarships to US colleges since our inception and has NOW added two new players to the University of Bahamas team so that over one third of the starting 11 for the University are alumni of our Programme!!   However, the Club is equally happy to have positively impacted the lives of countless boys on the island by helping to instill the key ‘life skills’   noted above.

Additional aims for this season include:
Further grow and develop the Saturday programme for boys aged 7 to 12
Re-introduce the midweek academy  (every Wednesday)  for various age groups
Under 11s
Under 15s
Over 15s
 The aim of the Academy is to identify the better and keener players at the above age groups and then further develop their skills AND provide opportunities for either national /international or collegiate recognition.    
It should be noted that it is the express intention to travel at least once this season and also   host teams to help   meet the goals stated above.  Last season a travelling group of 20 had a hugely successful trip to Nassau to participate in an Under 10s tournament and talks are ongoing with Nassau teams with a view to matches against Nassau teams as early as this Christmas-time!

The Saturday grass roots soccer programme starts this Saturday 11.30am to 1pm (registration from 11am) for boys aged 7 to 12 with a registration fee of $25.

Any players who are active in either this programme or the YMCA programme are then eligible for the Academy which is scheduled to start in late October and   will encompass the best players at each age group. The under 10s will practice once a week every Wednesday (5 to 630pm) whilst it is expected that the U15s and over 15s will practice twice weekly with dates/times still to be finalized. Obviously, it should be further noted that that “Practices will obviously be increased as we prepare for travel or hosting teams. “
Contact either Rob Speller or Jake Edey at Freeport Rugby Football Club or Face Book: Grand Bahama Boys' Soccer for details


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