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Summer football camps encouraged children to participate in sports


Thousands of kids spent time athletically last June and August, kicking a ball around in different stadiums. Last summer – as they have done for many summers in the past with support from SEB Heategevusfond – 62 boys and girls from shelters and replacement homes took part in football camps across Estonia, where experienced coaches trained both seasoned and rookie football enthusiasts.

The long days in the camp taught them to stick to a schedule and helped build their character. They met real footballers, took a trip to the TV tower, and of course worked out so much that their legs were sore. It was especially fun that they could play “real” football in A. Le Coq Arena. Practices were varied: they always started with warm up exercises and endurance training with running, after which they learned different techniques – kicks, defence, and attacks.

Football camp made quite a few youngsters get more physical, offering a nice change from the computer. The feeling of success had a very important place in the camp. If the ball was kicked in the goal, it was always mentioned at home. They learned to accept that sometimes you have to lose. Camp didn’t direct all the kids to continue practicing football, but a lot of them found a certain charm in the game or a renewed eagerness to continue with their favourite field. This year’s experience once again showed that kids are always ready to go to football camp and football is popular amongst young people!

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