Would-be soccer stars of the future get a real treat at the Grand Bahama soccer camp in two months time.

The coaching team from the UK will be led by a man who has just won a national award in that country for his contribution to the development of girls and women in the sport.

Tony McCallum was honoured for promoting the sport, setting up playing clubs and leagues, and developing coaching skills. Tony himself has the highest FIFA professional coaching qualifications it is possible to have.

He will lead a team of three or four volunteer coaches who will help local coaches at the event which runs for five days from June 25 to June 29.

It is the fourth in a row to be supported by the legendary English Premier League, widely recognized as the foremost, and most exciting, pro soccer league in the world, watched by 700 million people each week.

This year they are joined by the Professional Footballers Association, which looks after the interests of all pro soccer players in the UK, and Silverjet, a new all-business class airline which operates between London and New York City and is providing flights for the team.

The camp will also see the return of two very popular figures from previous camps – former international striker Luther Blissett , a free-scoring player who turned out at the highest levels in the UK and Italy, and Phil French, now a leading soccer administrator who used to work at the Premier League.

I am excited to be coming back to Freeport after last year’s very successful camp. I was very pleased to get the award.

Thanks to the support of players, coaches, teachers and clubs, the growth of girls and womens football in the county was recognised locally, regionally and nationally Tony said.

The camp will again be held at the rugby club on East Settlers Way, where work is currently going ahead on extending the pitches and training areas.

It will again run from 9am until 3pm, feature free lunch, drinks and refreshments for all children taking part, swimming in the pool, TWO free uniforms, and other goodies.

Registration forms are available at Town and Country in Yellow Pine Street, Animale at Port Lucaya, and the club. The form can also be downloaded by following the link under our football section ( football tab).