Coaches In Cyprus
Wolves Community Trust coaches Gavin Jones and Kevin Wilson have exchanged the rain in Wolverhampton for the sunshine of Cyprus, spending a week at Dhekelia Garrison on the south coast at the eastern end of the Island.
It is the first time that coaches have been to Cyprus, but they have previously been to military bases in Germany. Gavin and Kevin spent the week with 30 children, aged 6 to 10 from Dhekelia and Ayios Nicholaos Garrisons, involving them in activities such as tournaments, fun games and penalty shoot-outs.
The trip had been organised by Garrison Youth Workers, Matt Voorback and Jean Harshorne. Matt said: “I have worked with the club previously when I was stationed at Paderborn in Germany, which is where I met Gavin. The guys are highly organised and excellent with the children. I had wanted to have them in Cyprus for some time and I was delighted when the agreed to come.”
So what did the coaches make of the Garrison children: “They are very eager to learn and I was surprised at how well behaved they are.” said Gavin. “We have been able to see a significant improvement in their footballing skills, even after just two or three days, they just soak up what we are teaching them.”
Youth Leader Matt and Wolves Community Trust Sports Manager Laura Milburn are both hoping that the Soccer Schools can become a regular event. Laura said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with armed forces both here and abroad. Working internationally is a massive benefit to both the staff and the club and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future.”
*Thanks to Henry Bojdys for his assistance with this article and for photos.