30 Teens Invited To Digicel Kick Start Clinic

May 7, 2014

Digicel Bermuda has revealed the top 30 youth footballers selected to participate the Digicel Kick Start Clinic, a two-day training session with Chelsea FC Foundation coaches to be held from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

A spokesperson said, “After receiving nominations from local high schools and football clubs, athletes under the age of 16 participated in a pre-session held at the Bermuda Athletic Association [BAA] last month. Coach Kevin Johnson led the BAA’s coaching team in selecting the top 30 from the group of aspiring footballers.

“On Friday [May 9] and Saturday [May 10], Chelsea FC coaches David Monk, Andrew Ottley, and Kobina Elliott will provide firsthand practical experience and technical guidance while assessing the 30 footballers to ultimately select three to attend the Digicel Football Academy in Barbados.

“Those of our island’s youth coaches registered for the ‘Coach the Coach’ seminar on Saturday will first be briefed on the latest training techniques used by Chelsea FC youth coaches and then have the opportunity to apply the skills during an afternoon session alongside the top 30 boys.

“As a welcomed addition to this year’s event, Bermuda’s Under 16 Female footballers will participate in a training session with Chelsea FC coaches on Sunday afternoon. All events will take place at the BAA.”

“This opportunity to learn from top Premier League trainers is huge for Bermuda’s aspiring footballers,” said Wayne Caines, CEO of Digicel Bermuda. “The Digicel Kick Start Programme was designed to set young, talented athletes on the right path and expose grassroots footballers to an international pace of play. The boys who travelled as ambassadors for Bermuda last year had the opportunity to play with athletes from different cultural backgrounds – some of whom didn’t speak English.”

Alistair Beak, Commercial Director of Digicel Bermuda, added, “The kids are excited about this weekend’s event, their parents are grateful for the opportunity, and we are pleased to be able to deliver this experience.”

BBA President John Doran said, “The group of kids selected to participate in the clinic expressed a high level of enthusiasm and dedication to football. Our coaches were pleased with their efforts during the pre-session and have prepared the boys for what is expected this weekend.”

Digicel introduces the top 30:

The top 30 athletes selected to participate in the Digicel Kick Start Clinic with Chelsea coaches are listed below:

  • Ahria Simons, age 14
  • Ajai Daniels, age 15
  • Akim Johnston, age 15
  • Andrew Kempe, age 13
  • Chemarl Henry, age 13
  • Christian Albuoy, age 15
  • Cory Booth, age 13
  • Daizhari Tucker, age 15
  • Diondre Dowling, age 15
  • Edr’y Moore, age 14
  • Eusebio Blankendal, age 15
  • Jahkeylo Burgess, age 14
  • Jaquari Paynter, age 14
  • Jarye Bean, age 14
  • Jason Symonds, age 14
  • Jerome Bailey, age 15
  • Kamali Davis, age 15
  • Krishun Douglas-Henry, age 14
  • Llineiko Millett, age 16
  • Mateo Isaac, age 13
  • Mikale Williams, age 14
  • Ricaija Simmons, age 15
  • Rye Ahronson, age 13
  • Sinclair Boyles, age 15
  • Tahjae Welch, age 15
  • T’ahje’ Smith, age 13
  • Travis Boyles, age 14
  • Za’Khari Parsons, age 15
  • Zari Simmons, age 16
  • Zion Smith-Tucker, age 15

Limited space remains for both the Coach and Under 16 Female sessions. If you’d like to register, simply email info.bermuda@digicelgroup.com.

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  1. Alistair says:

    Good luck to all the young footballers and thanks to Chelsea FC for this opportunity and your support.