In 1986 the National Sports Council sought to organize activities for young persons in a healthy and environment over the long summer holidays. Sports was identified as the catalyst to forge this concept and this programme simply took off.
The first Summer Sports Camp was held at Harrison College, on Crumpton Street, but moved the following year to Combermere School, Waterford, St. Michael. Those early years offered 14 sports to participants, referred to a campers. Those sport disciplines were:
Track & Field
However, Camp coordinators were faced with many challenges such as ground transportation as it related to moving campers to venues for sports such as swimming and badminton.
A decision was taken in 2001 to relocate the camp to the Wildey Gymnasium and with Chess and Road Tennis now added to the programme. This venue proved adequate for all concern. Further diverse constraints followed this move, hence the Council was forced to move the camp to multiple venues across the country.
Over the years, summer camp has provided the perfect environment for training of special select groups in various sports. Coaches have taken the opportunity to provide their charges with continued intensive training to further assist in their development. Summer camp also provides the opportunity for campers to test their skills against touring schools and clubs.
Currently summer camp carters for over 1500 campers, in 20 sporting disciplines at 11 different venues.