The Barbados Football Association, yesterday (August 23rd, 2015) hosted the first of its two day Beach Soccer Festival at the popular Brownes Beach from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The event attracted some forty participants including some newcomers to football and Beach Soccer in particular.
Beach Soccer, which is widely considered a family oriented event, is also a niche sport new to Barbados in a structured fashion; attracted players as young as 10 years old, who were eager to learn the techniques of playing the game and well as the rules and regulations of the game. During the last few hours of the event, the participants were divided into teams, competing in round robin games against each other showcasing what they had learned.
This segment drew the attention of many beach goers, who from early in the morning sessions during the technique drills were querying what time matches would get underway.
Mr. Edwyn Wood – General Secretary of the BFA remarked that “the event is being used as a catalyst for the introduction of an annual Beach Soccer League during the near future. At the next session and the other sessions being planned, we hope to have piqued the interest of participants who will be eager to participate in a beach soccer competition.” He also stated “we will be encouraging clubs to bring out their teams and become involved.”
It is envisioned that the Beach Soccer League, will become the highlight of the period outside of the regular domestic season for families from all stratospheres of the island.
The second Beach Soccer Festival is slated for next Sunday 30th August from 9 am until 3pm, at Brownes Beach, Bay Street, St. Michael.