Yet again (after six years of visiting) Derrick came away totally inspired and in awe of the fantastic work carried out by the team at BYFC. The Footy Camp project is absolutely brilliant and the 60 kids have an awesome time. However, as we think most of you know, the project is about so much more than this, and Peter and his team, work incredibly hard to mentor all of the boys and build lasting relationships which go way beyond the 5 days of the footy camp.
This year Bean, who is a true larger than life character, ran the camp which allowed Peter to take more of a back seat role. He did a fantastic job and he also works as one of the youth workers at the BYFC drop in centre full time.
As ever, we all went back to the centre afterwards and it allowed Janet, Dom, Kevin, Steve, Lesley and Robert to see the value of the BYFC work. Peter has secured the funding for the redevelopment of the centre and work is due to start later this year. By the time we go back next year it should be looking good and it will open up a whole new world for the kids in Ballysillan to attend more activities in a much better environment.
We at KitAid are so glad we found Ballysillan YFC and as much as we try to put into words the value and brilliance of their work, we believe you have to go out and see it to really understand it. If you get the chance you really should join us next year and we're sure all of the guys who came with us will echo this.