Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021. 8:14 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Corozal Football Academy kicks off its 2nd phase with 50 children on Saturday, November 13, at the Andres Campos Civic Center grounds in Corozal Town.
The Academy’s coordinator Martin Vasquez said the first phase of the Academy, which is a joint enterprise among the Corozal Town Council, the Corozal Sports Council, and the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), was so successful that they’ve now started the second phase with 20 more children. Vasquez said that 29 of the first 30 children returned for the second phase along with 21 new participants.
Vasquez added that 35 are boys and 15 are girls. They are all participating in U6, U8, U10, and U12 categories. The U8 and U 12 were just introduced. Vasquez noted that the first phase ran for 12 weeks, and the 2nd phase will be 10.
“We will be keeping our kids engaged in football basic principles and at the same time teaching them some values,” Vasquez said. “Upon completion of the ten weeks the kids will go on a three-week break and then we come back again for another 10 weeks.”
“For each of the categories, we have a total of three coaches that are assigned to each category and apart from that we have one lead person who goes by to oversee all four groups,” highlighted Vazquez.
Vasquez, who is assisted in the overseeing by retired nurse Mary Mendez, informed that the agreement with the Corozal Town Council and the Corozal Sports Council is for two years with three phases conducted each year.
The Corozal Sports Council provides the staff, the field of play and mark the field, the Corozal Town Council provides the hydration and fruits, and the FFB provides the technical staff and the equipment.
The Taiwan Ambassador David Kuan-Chou Chien was invited to the pre-opening last week as he gave a donation, through the Corozal Town Council, with which the Academy purchased two additional goalposts sets, bibs, and ladders for the Academy.
Vasquez said the parents’ cooperation has been exceptional and has helped make the Academy a success. “If there is anybody who wants to contribute any equipment, football shoes, they are always welcome because we have some kids that are from low-economic families and that will definitely assist them,” said Vasquez.
The Academy may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Martin Vasquez at 666-7755.
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