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Jul 13, 2022

STARS Football Camp Returns with Huge Turnout

Today, the media was called out to the M.C.C. Grounds in Belize City where close to a hundred young children, ages four to sixteen, were engaged in the STARS Football Camp carried out by Coach Stanley Reneau through support from Smart. The participants in the grassroots program have been attending the camp for the past two weeks and on Thursday, they’ll be putting those skills to the test. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting
It went on a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the STARS Football Camp, organized annually at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, returned with a bang. Over ninety kids have been attending the camp since July fourth and have been learning the fundamentals of the sport.

 

Stanley Reneau

Stanley Reneau, Coach, STARS Football Camp

“We have three categories, age four to eight years old; then we have nine to twelve years old and then we have twelve to sixteen years old. It’s a grassroots basic football skills. We do dribbling passing, we try to put them in mini games, small siding games; with the bigger ones we do an expanded sides. Every day we have new kids coming to us, wanting to be in the camp – nobody has been turned back. If anybody is turned back and anything happens to them going home, myself and I think everybody in Belize would feel a way. So the two hours they are here per day.”

 

Smart has been the main sponsor of this camp, which has seen its participants grow up to become members of the national ‘A’ team of the Football Federation of Belize. Marketing supervisor Adelaide Sabido says that they began partnering with the program back in 2009.

 

Adelaide Sabido

Adelaide Sabido, Marketing Supervisor, Smart

“We didn’t expect ninety kids especially due to COVID still being around and we were kinda hesitant to go overboard, thinking that parents would not be comfortable to bring out their kids. But the first day we came, we ran out of water with just the size of the kids that were here, we knew that we nded to boost up our efforts. Why we continue doing this. I am a former teacher and I know the aspiration and goals of our youths are limitless; they are willing to go above and beyond for their dreams. I am now with Smart and one of the biggest focal points over our seventeen years is sports and cultural activities, we are always at the forefront.”

 

Stanley Reneau

“Two of the athletes who play with our national ‘A’ team, Mister Jovan Ramos and Eldon Reneau, are from here. Remember every year after our camp, we does take three to five kids to a Barcelona camp in Miami and now out of those twenty kids we have six kids playing on our A national team.”

 

While majority are boys, six percent of the participants are girls. But it’s the takeaway for these children that’s priceless. They proudly shared with News Five what they have learned over the past two weeks.

 

Rajon Green

Rajon Green, Participant

“Skills, passing, friendship, don’t fight and…”

 

Duane Moody

“You’ve always loved football, played football? How long have you been playing football?”

 

Rajon Green

“Four years.”

 

Krislyn Yearwood

Krislyn Yearwood, Participant

“I like to stay fit and I wanted to learn football because it is a lot of running and I have my brother here with me. And also my dad plays football and he gone in the championship, so I want to be like him.”

 

Tyler Gabourel

Tyler Gabourel, Participant

“I’ve been playing football for like three and a half years now. I came to the camp to learn more because you can never learn enough. I came to learn more discipline, to make more friends and just to have fun.”

 

Treysean Anthony, Participant

“I’ve been playing football for about five to six years, from I was five years old. And I came to the camp to develop and get better.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about what the experience has been like?”

 

Treysean Anthony

“The experience is good and I like it and I think I’ll come back next year.”

 

Duane Moody

“What have you been learning?”

 

Treysean Anthony

“I’ve been learning that football is about patience and talking to your teammates.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 


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