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FC Barcelona training camp for AISK

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 4:40 PMShayne Fairman

Jamaican children, ages five to 17, will be given the chance to play football 'the Barca Way' when coaches from world-renowned football club FC Barcelona deliver a weeklong FCBEscola summer camp at the American International School of Kingston (AISK) starting today.

This historic training camp expects to host around 320 boys and girls from today, through to Friday.

Previous FCBEscola camps have trained more than 30,000 young athletes in more than 120 camps worldwide.

Director of training for the camp, Oscar Cespedes, notes that the young participants will be exposed to the principles of La Masia.

It is a world-renowned youth academy in Barcelona, which helped to advance, develop and train international football heavy-weights Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, and Cesc Fabregas, among others.

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"We are going to have the kids working with the same Barcelona methodology that we have in La Masia," Cespedes told The Gleaner in a telephone interview, adding: "We will divide the camp in three sections: practical, technical and FCBEscola values."

Besides training and methodology, the youngsters will be introduced to the FCBEscola values of respect, humility, ambition, effort, and teamwork.

Day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m each day, costing $64,350. Afternoon camp, scheduled for 2:30-6 p.m., will cost $40,950 for boys and girls, 5-17.

Besides the training expertise, an official FC Barcelona package with kit, Nike football, hydration, and nutrition will be given to participants.

Interested parents may call 327-8772 to register their child or visit for more information.

A total of three FC Barcelona-licensed coaches will be in the island, including Oscar Cespedes, Marcial Serrano, and Pau Pripiana, who all boast UEFA and other international coaching certifications.