Four Selected for Elite Chelsea Academy in Barbados

GFA, DIGICEL and Chelsea academy officials for DIGICEL Kick Start

GFA, DIGICEL and Chelsea academy officials for DIGICEL Kick Start

Four under 16 boys were selected to be a part of the Digicel Football Academy later on this year through the Digicel Kick start clinic which was held last week.

Three coaches from the Chelsea football club in London were in Grenada conducting the clinic at the National Stadium.

They traveled across the region in search of 30 young footballers to be a part of the Academy in Barbados.

A ceremony was held at the National Stadium last week to officially launch  the start of the clinic and Head Coach, Steven Winnett said three aspects are always sought after from the players: “The first one, a player who is willing to work hard, second, a player who can show great technical and positional versatility and third a player that can become an ambassador to the community.”

The four qualifiers are: Jeremy Richard, Kobe Thomas, Daren Modoo and wild card pick Renaldo Celestine.
According to Winnett, the partnership with Digicel has created many avenues for young players across the region.

“We can see that the partnership with Digicel is a true pioneering relationship that we continue to have one main outcome for the region, that outcome is plainly and simply the essential and continued development of football: “We want to set this Digicel kick start clinic to be a genuine Chelsea experience for all players to pose the hope of being selected to the final academy in Barbados,” he said.

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Lester Smith said the boys went through a screening process before being selected for the clinic.

“This year we went again through the selection process where each coach in every parish was given two Saturdays to screen players within the parish…We chose the best players from each parish and they came into national wage bill of selection and that runs for two Saturdays, in fact our last session with the boys would’ve taken place last Saturday at the Queens Park and that’s the venue that we are going to also use for this clinic,” he explained.

The four Grenadian youngsters will join 26 players from 12 other Caribbean and Central American countries at the Academy in Barbados.

He said there is an added incentive for some young footballers because right after the clinic 18 of them will be going to Trinidad to participate in the qualification for the FIFA under 17 World Cup.

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