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Jul 5, 2016

Smart Hosts Annual Football Summer Camp

School is out and summer camps are in.  Across the country, various organizations are hosting recreational events for children who are presently on vacation.  Over the next few weeks we will be covering a myriad of summer camps in everything from swimming to basketball and everything in between.  Tonight however, we’ll look at an annual program which sees young athletes from communities across the Old Capital converge in the name of football.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Summertime often sees a number of programs being held across the country for children and youths interested in participating in various sporting and academic activities.  One such initiative has become a perennial staple in Belize City.  Every year, dozens of children lace up their cleats and head to the MCC Grounds for two weeks of intense training.  It’s known as the Star Smart Football Summer Camp.  Since last week, they have been learning or refreshing their ball handling skills on this pitch.


Kaya Cattouse

Kaya Cattouse, Instructor

“It’s been happening for the past eleven years but for the past five years Smart came onboard with us.  So it’s not something that is just happening, we’ve been having this for a while catering to between ninety to a hundred and ten kids on a daily basis for two weeks.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now in terms of some of the skill sets that you see out here and others who are actually learning the game of football, what can you tell us about some of these young athletes?”


Kaya Cattouse

“Well we have about four different age groups and the babies from four to seven, they are just out here to play and be active.  Mr. Vallan Simms is their instructor and he teaches them a bit of the basic stuff and then you have the guys between ages eight and twelve who are the biggest group which is split between myself and Ms. Shanelle Gentle and for the first hour and a half of the camp we teach them skills as well, passing, dribbling, killing the ball, you know, different skills.”


Here to hone his skills is thirteen-year-old Eldon Reneau.  Apart from participating in the annual summer camp, he is also preparing to represent Belize in the upcoming Smart Mundialito competition.  His purpose for being here is quite straightforward.


Eldon Reneau, Participant

“To improve my skills and listen to what the coach says.”


Eldon Reneau

Isani Cayetano

“Now I understand that you are getting ready to go and represent Belize in Miami, correct?”


Eldon Reneau

“Yes sir.”


Isani Cayetano

“Are you looking forward to that?  How do you feel about being on the Smart Mundialito team that’s going to represent Belize?”


Eldon Reneau

“Well I feel good because I listen and I listen to what the coach says and he always make success once you listen to the coach.”


Isani Cayetano

“You’re also one of the top scorers right now, how does that feel being able to go on the field every day and try to score as many goals?”


Eldon Reneau

“It feels good sir because when you know that you are one of the best you know you could do it.”


For football instructor Kaya Cattouse, the summer camp is more than just about the game of soccer.  It is also an opportunity to teach the kids basic discipline.


Isani Cayetano

“How competitive is it out here for these young players?”


Kaya Cattouse

“You know, with kids everything is a competition, even if you send them to get a ball it’s who can get the ball first.  So we try to encourage healthy competition you know, we try to instill a lot of different values in these kids, discipline, sportsmanship, respect, you know.  Our camp is fully packed with all these things.”


Isani Cayetano

“Finally, the past two weeks or leading up to the end of this particular camp, is this building up towards something grand, maybe a day of competition within the different classes or what have you?”


Kaya Cattouse

“Every year we either play against the B.D.F. camp or we get a camp to, either we go to their area or they come here.  We’re doing that this Thursday, so we’ll have all the kids playing in their respective age groups.  So they are working out to play a big match against another camp.”


Another big match that’s just around the corner is the Smart Mundialito Football Tournament.


Stanley ‘Jorda’ Reneau

Stanley ‘Jorda’ Reneau, Head Coordinator

“This year we have chosen three kids from the Smart Mundialito: Elden Bird is one of the kids from the Brown Bombers and tomorrow we’ll be going to Belmopan to get the visas.”


Isani Cayetano

“Preparation for this tournament, what has that been like in terms of selecting the team and having them prepare themselves to go out and play football on behalf of the country?”


Stanley Reneau

“Well most of the teams have certified coaches so the coaches deal with that part.  On Smart’s part we usually have sporting seminars to help prepare the coaches.”


The Smart Mundialito Tournament ends later this month. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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