English Premier League Summer Soccer Camp

Enrolment for the third in the highly-successful series of English Premier League soccer camps has already begun in earnest.

Two top class professional coaches with international playing experience will again lead the local experts who will be teaching new skills and putting the kids through their paces during the week starting July 3.

Interest will be very high not just because of the previous success of the camps but this year’s event falls in the middle of the World Cup finals which will be getting blanket TV coverage round the world.

Ever since the EPL became involved there has been a resurgence in interest in the sport on the island both among youngsters and adults.

“We have seen big increases in attendances at training sessions and it has been great to see how kids’ skill levels have risen on the island over the last couple of years. This is a great trend which not only means more youngsters having a good time but it also increases their future opportunities,” said Mark Hardy, one of the organizers and a prominent youth coach on the island.

Parents have become more aware of the fact that proficiency in the sport offers a much better chance of a US college scholarship than other sports like basketball simply because fewer young US people play soccer. Colleges have to cast their recruitment nets very wide to fill quotas.

The EPL camp has proved attractive to parents because it offers five full days of activities, including swimming as well as the actual soccer, and includes lunch each day as well as fruit during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. All those taking part get authentic, new soccer uniforms to wear during the week. It is the best summer camp bargain on the island.

Last year a group of youngsters from Abaco attended for the first time and this year it is likely there will some attendees from Nassau.

Parents who wish their child or children to be one of the 200 participants can pick up forms from the following venues: Freeport Rugby Football Club, Animale at Port Lucaya, Esquire Menswear in Downtown and Town and Country on Yellow Pine Street.

Five Star !

James ‘Five Fingers’ Ignatovich shot to GBFL glory on Sunday with a five goal haul against a plucky Chelsea team . Five Fingers rewrote the history books with his heroic efforts to join fellow legendary striker ( now stopper as he is too slow now) Ghassan Haddad as the highest goalscorer in a single game in GBFL history , ever !

Fingers’ efforts were all brilliantly taken from way inside the 6 yard box and his performance helped his team turn round a one goal deficit as the Haitian team shocked Freeport FC by taking the lead. Freeport came back with a vengence however to strike 3 times in the first half amid pouring rain with goals from Five Fingers (2) and Stefano ‘Red Bull’ Borsetto . That was only a prelude to the second half as continued great front running from Jerone Cocker led to 3 further goals from the big man James in a style reminiscent of all time great Wednesday fatbloke David Hirst. Cocker , playing his last game befoe he jets out to Jamaica for ‘business reasons’ , topped off the scoring with a fine solo effort as Freeport romper to a 7 :2 victory. Aside from James 5 goal haul , highlights of the game belonged to Cabin Boy – sorry could not resist that one !! Actually best part of the game was when Justin (attempting an audacious 30 yard through pass) stubbed his foot into the ground in a move previously thought to belong solely to Tony Johns ! After 10 seconds of unrestrained laughter and guffawing everyone actually relaised that Captain My Captain was actually pretty hurt and – even worse- the Haitians nearly scored. Oh how we all laughed afterwards.

Not by any way seeking to capitalise on his performance , James Ignatovich took time after the game to announce the family’s new boot cleaning service ( see previous post). Rumours that he has also signed deals with the website GaychoirBoysR_us .com and Anusol are still to be confirmed.

New service offered at club

Leather boots last longer and perform
better when they are kept in good
We will collect your boots from the club to
clean, polish and waterproof them after
every game or training session for only
$2.00! They will be returned to the club for
you by the next game or training session.
To contact:
Home 351-2352

PS Her dad scored five goals and generally played ‘a blinder’ on sunday after she cleaned his boots before the game !!!!!!

If you contact the website or call above number you will receive more information.

GBFL update

A perceived ( from some players apparently ) ‘stroll to the title’ by Freeport FC took a turn for the worse on sunday when Freeport FC (aka The Old Gits) were stunned by a tremndous 2nd half comeback by Brita Red Bull ( aka the Yout’). Cruising at half time with 2 goals from Jerone Cocker , the team proceeded to self destruct in the second half and ended up losing 3:2. To be fair to Brita, they fully deserved their win and now sit handily placed in second place on goal difference and are now brimming with confidence as the season goes into the second round. An absolute belter by Wilfred Guerrier, a second goal by Jacko Augustin i think ( don’t ask me i’m just the centre-half which explains a lot really) and a neatly taken goal from Antonio ‘Donuts’ Charles gave the youngsters a deserved win in a second half that saw them really come of age and dominate all areas of the field .

Even the late arrival of Jimmy Fingers , flying in from the US, failed to halt the slide of Freeport FC. Indeed his impact on the game was immediate , within 20 seconds of him getting on the pitch the youngsters scored !

Freeport FC look to get back to winning ways on sunday against Chelsea but may again be without key players through injury , work or ‘under the thumb-itis’. Loking on the bright side for the team , recent fitness reports indicate that perspirational Manager Tony Johns is still months away from first team football . Recent rumours had suggested he was almost back to match fitness but fortunately these appear to be unfounded.

Up next for the Youngsters are their new best friends , the Jarmaykarns, who were cheering them on wildly on sunday – probably because they don’t have the ability to beat Freeport FC themselves !!! Tunch of Bossers !

GBFL football fixtures – Round 2

Sunday February 26th Rugby club

2:00 PM Town and Country v Freeport Jetwash
4:00 PM Chelsea v Freeport FC

Sunday March 5th YMCA

2:00 PM Womens Development Game
4:00 PM Insurance Management v Brita Red Bulls

Sunday March 12th YMCA

2:00 PM Town and Country v Coca Cola
4:00 PM Chelsea v Brita Red Bulls

Sunday March 19th YMCA

2:00 PM Freeport Jetwash v Coca Cola
4:00 PM Freeport FC v Insurance Management

Sunday March 26th YMCA

2:00 PM Development game
4:00 PM Development game

Sunday April 2nd Rugby club

2:00 PM Chelsea v Insurance Management
4:00 PM Freeport FC v Brita Red Bulls