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Local Businesses make Premier League Soccer Camp a Reality for Children on Grand Bahama
By Stuart Garner
May 14, 2008 - 8:46:23 AM

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Every child receives a certificate, two soccer uniforms, lunches and loads of fun. Local businesses help some children's soccer camp dreams come true by sponsoring. Local businesses that are supporting the Premier League Soccer Camp are: Records Archiving & Management, GB Fitness, Big G's Plumbing, KFC Freeport, Sanitation Services, Paint Fair, Municipal Motors, Grand Bahama Power Company, Freeport Advertising, The Uniform Place, and Sav-Mor Drugs. To sponsor a child, contact information is provided in this article. Photo: Robbin Whachell (Tohni Blower receives her Camp Completion Certificate at a previous camp with visiting Pro-Coaches Warren Barten and Robbie Earle).

Grand Bahama Island - Generous-spirited business people have been lining up to give deserving local kids the chance to attend the Grand Bahama’s best summer camp.

For the second year running they are digging deep to fund scholarships to the English Premier League soccer camp which starts in five week’s time.

They recognize it gives a week of non-stop fun as well as an opportunity unparalleled anywhere else in the Bahamas to acquire skills in the world’s most popular sport.   Almost one billion people each week watch premier league games alone.

This year a group of professionals will be again be traveling to Freeport from the UK to lead a team of local coaches in concentrated sessions which will add up to a full 25 hours training during the week of the camp.

Around 200 children aged from six to 16 are expected to attend the event at Freeport rugby club’s pitches in East Settlers Way from June 23 to June 27.   They each get a package of full uniforms, lunch refreshments and drinks every day, midday swimming and other giveaways.

The businesses which are so far sponsoring children are: Records Archiving & Management, GB Fitness, Big G's Plumbing, KFC Freeport, Sanitation Services, Paint Fair, Municipal Motors, Grand Bahama Power Company, Freeport Advertising, The Uniform Place, and Sav-Mor Drugs.

Parents are already signing up their youngsters for the week.  Registration forms are available at Town and Country in Yellow Pine Street, Animale in Port Lucaya, Barefoot Marketing at Queen’s Highway as well as online at www.thebahamasweekly.com (see base of this article for form attachment)  and by email from derek.archer1@gmail.com    

Camp organizer Richard Malcolm said: “Last year’s was our best camp yet and one of the highlights for the organizers was the number of young people who would not otherwise have been able to attend who did so because of the generosity of local business people.   They are warm-hearted individuals who are putting something back into the community and we applaud them.    The smiles of the kids say it all.

“The business people know this is a very high quality event and that youngsters on the island have been looking forward to it ever since last year’s camp closed.   We know that because parents have been asking the organizers for the dates for months now.

“Unfortunately we are limited to 200 children and we have been very close to that figure in each of the last two years.   Given the power of word of mouth, and the tremendous fun for all those taking part in the past, I think parents should reserve places for their children now and not wait until the last minute to avoid missing out.”

Once the forms have been handed in and the fees paid places are guaranteed but the first big event in the camp is at 2pm on Sunday June 22 when youngsters should go to the rugby club to pick up their uniforms ready for a start at 9am prompt the next day.  

Other business people who would like to sponsor a child should contact Derek Archer at derek.archer1@gmail.com or call 242-373-5816.

Luther Blissett to return to the 5th Annual Premier League GB Soccer Camp

Phil French to again lead the 2008 Grand Bahama Summer Soccer Camp

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