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BBFS to expand annual girls’ camp

The Bermuda Brazilian Football School will hold its second football and sports festival this month, aimed at teaching girls between the ages of 9 and 16 sporting and life skills.

This year's festival, which runs from March 31 to April 4, will involve other sports such as netball, cricket and basketball.

Last year's inaugural International Girls Football Festival had three teams from the United States and Canada compete against local teams.

“This year we have changed the format by putting on a sports festival for girls, which is not only football, but also basketball, netball and cricket, just to make sure that the girls who don't play football all the time can still be involved in physical activity and life skills.,” Cal Blankendal, the spokesman for the BBFS, said. Blankendal believes there is a demand for a girls-only camp.

“Most of the non-team events are geared to boys and the boys dominate the camps, but this year we wanted to try to offer something to just the girls,” he said.

“The Women's Futsal League has proven quite popular. With the indoor game everyone is involved, just like in basketball.

“Girls tend to play football from the ages of 10 to 16 and after the age of 14 the numbers start to drop off, but they can still play netball, cricket or something else. For us, it is just important that they remain active.”

The cost for the week-long camp is $150. Visit www.bermudabfs.com, e-mail info@bermudabfs.com or text 505-7999 for more information.

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Published March 12, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 12, 2014 at 2:06 am)

BBFS to expand annual girls’ camp

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