Roseane Bouali, who many know as Rosie, has organized the Tamarindo Football Club, a weekly soccer game with kids from all over the area. As president of the sports committee for Asociacion Desarrollo Integral de Tamarindo (ADI), she was already successful putting together the Tamarindo Beach Volleyball games, and realized that the town needed more activities for children.
“I wanted to do something now that would continue for the coming year,” she explained. “I have two kids that are grown now, but before, there was very little for kids to do, and it was very hard in sports, accept for surfing. I thought, ‘We should create something so they have something they can do.’”
The first thing she did was get a professional coach from San Jose, and that is Manuel Jimenez Matarrita. He comes every Saturday to work with the youth, who show up to play in the field across from Witch’s Rock Surf camp from 8 to 11 a.m.
There are about 40 kids coming from Tamarindo, Villareal, Hernández, Veintisiete de abril, Santa Rosa, and more towns, on a weekly basic, and there is no charge to play. A few sponsors have kicked in money, such as Rosie’s Investments, Hotel Villa Amarilla, Occidental Hotel, Ferretería Colono, GHP Abogados, Marlin Del Rey, Tamarindo Pharmacy, Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, Capitán Suizo and Witch’s Rock, for the purchase of the equipment necessary to play soccer.
Turns out, “I have to be honest, the kids are really good players,” Bouali said. Currently, Bouali is looking for more volunteers to help her, as well as more sponsors in order to purchase tables and chairs for the parents, and lights she’d like to put up at the field so the kids can play after dark. Anyone interested in helping can email firstname.lastname@example.org