Playing sports is a popular pastime for the residents of San Pedro Town, with many youngsters already involved in sailing, cycling and basketball; however, football is also played by many of the townÂs kids.
After seeing the success and enthusiasm generated by the newest local football tournament, it has been revealed that a football club has been set up for the youngsters.
The clubÂs first football clinic was held on February 15th on San PedroÂs Saca Chispas Football Field. Â The event has been spearheaded by the San Pedro Sports CommitteeÂs Hector ÂTitoÂ Alamilla, with the help and support of the Youth Program of the Football Federation of BelizeÂs (FFBÂs) assistant coach, Alex Noralez.
The clinic was carefully designed to ensure that all kids had the chance to show off their skills. Â Three age categories were available so that those under 13, 15 and 17 years had the opportunity to play against footballers of their own age. Â Each category received individual attention from the coaches so the boys got to play alongside each other and receive professional one-to-one guidance. Â This will help better their skills and help their passion for the game to grow, while providing them with the chance to act as a team player, developing and refining the various skills needed to play football properly.
The first clinic attracted a lot of attention and almost 50 youngsters attended that day. Â Currently, clinics are expected to run through until mid-march, and will be held every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Â If success is noted on a continuing basis, it is hoped that the football clinics can become one of San PedroÂs many sporting features.
While the football club is a great opportunity to hone skills and allow individuals to grow as athletes, it is also a chance to be recruited for various teams. Â The San Pedro Sports Committee has encouraged everyone interested in football to attend, as Coach Noralez is looking for skilled athletes that he can recruit to National Team Youth Camps. Â These will start on March 7th in Belmopan City.
In addition it is hoped that more girls will attend so that they might qualify to take part in the Under 15 National Female Selection and travel to the Cayman Islands this August for an international tournament.