For the past seventeen years, the Orange Walk Central Executive Sporting Committee has been organizing their annual Summer Sports Camp sponsored by Orange Walk Central Area Representative and Leader of the Opposition the Honorable John Briceno.
The camp caters for children of all ages who for one week get an opportunity to learn more about volleyball, basketball and football.
This morning, with a total of seventeen certified facilitators ready to offer training to the younger generation, the camp kicked off at the People’s Stadium.
Alex Palacio – Camp Coordinator
“Our facilitators are very Certified we have; for football we have Freddy Tun, an ex-Orange Walk selection player, for basketball we have Mr. Rigo Novelo who has been working with us for many years now and for Volleyball we Mr. Ben Ramos Sr. and he been coaching for thirty years now so our camp caters for children from eight to twelve years old and if children are younger than eight they can still come at the camp and it is open for those who want to come it runs from Monday to Friday. We have over ninety kids right now we cater for one hundred and fifty so for those out there who want to come they can still come tomorrow and Wednesday or during the course of the week.”
One of the camp’s main objectives is to recruit children who will develop a passion for sports and later seek to improve their skills in order to represent Belize in the near future.
Alex Palacio – Camp Coordinator
“This camp has produced very good players in football, basketball and volleyball; in football we have Randy Augustine who is working for us he was once a part of the camp, he has gone to Dominica and the Cayman Islands to play football internationally so the camp produces very good players at primary school for the primary school level and the secondary school level well for the national level. It is summer time, children get idle so we need to keep this camp going for every year so that the children can have where to go and what to do at least for a week.”
Facilitator of the volleyball category, Benedicto Ramos Sr., elaborated on the importance of developing motor skills as well as the active involvement of the children.
Benedicto Ramos Sr.
“Our first day for example is just development of moto skills, it is copying from mini volley ball where we are trying to get the kids that are already a little bit mature and the young ones to be able to move to roll a ball, to dribble a ball, to bounce a ball, to catch a ball, those are little moto skills that they should have had from long ago; from kindergarten from home, but sad to say those things are not happening now so I am trying to see if we can at least give them one day of that. Well, at first children just want to have fun so they just want to be active so that is the objective of my facilitators is that we want to see if you can get the children involved and to stay involved and stay focus because you know kids they just want to run behind a ball but we had to try to structure it so that it becomes a development towards the learning of volleyball.”
And of course, the children were more than elated to comment on their first day of summer camp.
“What have you been learning so far?”
“That when we play we play as a team
“Are you having lots of fun here today?”
“Yes and I am learning how to shoot the ball over the net and I am meeting new friends also.”
Space is still available for any interested child. The registration is free of cost.
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