FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE IGETS ZAGREB TRAINING CAMP

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The hope of the players is that following this intensive practice session they will be more confident sliding and diving during the Zagreb training camp which will also involve a triangular tournament.

The Erasmus+ Sports: Small Collaborative Partnership project Inclusion & Gender Equality Through Softball of the Ghajnsielem Redcoats reaches its climax this month when the three clubs converge on Zagreb for a fastpitch softball triangular training camp from Monday, July 23 to Saturday, July 28.

The three clubs have been preparing for this event for the past eighteen months. There were two capacity building transnational meeting last year where best practices were shared. The first one took place in Ghajnsielem, Gozo, in March 2017 and the second one was held in Haarlem, Netherlands, in May 2017.

As part of the ongoing preparations for the Zagreb training camp, the Ghajnsielem Redcoats held a practice session on the sand of Ramla Bay very early on Sunday morning on July 1st. The objective of the session was to get the youth softball players comfortable with sliding and diving. The hope of the players is that following this intensive session they will be more confident sliding and diving during the Zagreb training camp which will also involve a triangular tournament.

The session was conducted by Redcoats coaches Joseph Scicluna and Charles Attard, both of whom will be travelling with the team for the much anticipated trip to Croatia. The soft sand of Ramla Bay gave the players the opportunity to go all out on slides and dives, something which they cannot do on the synthetic turf of the Ghajnsielem Football Ground and Primary School where they have their practice sessions. The players were highly motivated during the session as these two skills have proved very difficult for them to master.

At the end of the session a whiffle ball game was played between the young Redcoats with everyone having loads of fun. The session proved very productive and the objectives set were achieved. It was very hard to resist the wonderful sea of Ramla Bay for too long and the girls all went in for a swim soon after the session. The team then had lunch together at Il-Kcina Tar-Ramla.

Another such session is planned for September during the pre-season for the Club.