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Scoring at both ends - Beaches Negril captain reaps success on and off the field

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Anthony Campbell, captain of Beaches Negril's football team, lifts the winning trophy after his team beat Petersfield FC in the Westmoreland Football Association Captain's Bakery & Grill Major League final recently. - Contributed

 

On the field, Anthony Campbell is a quiet storm, prepared to trounce any opponent who gets in his way of scoring a goal.

It is this same focused and indomitable attitude that contributed to his team's victory in the recent Westmoreland Football Association (WFA) Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League final.

Campbell, captain of the Beaches Negril football team, is a quiet, jovial, easy-going person who, despite his seemingly unassuming appearance, knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it. His team's recent win is a testimony of this, but the central midfielder is not one to take all the credit.

"Having taken home the Westmoreland Major League title for Beaches Negril makes me feel really great and even happier to be a part of the talented team that worked together to make it happen," highlighted Campbell, known to most persons as 'Jucks'.

"We rose to the top because of our hard work, consistent training, listening to the coach's instructions and playing for each other on the field," continued Campbell, who netted five goals throughout the title-winning campaign.

Now that his team has taken the Major League trophy, Campbell emphasised that it will not be business as usual.

"Since we've been promoted to the Super League we have to resume training in preparation for that and work even harder if we want to be among the best at that level," he pointed out.

In spite of his recent successes, Campbell admits he has not always known what it feels like to win.

"If I had the chance, I would want to relive my first daCosta Cup final in 2006 in which I played for Frome Technical against Glenmuir High. Glenmuir won on penalties, so I would want to see where my team went wrong and possibly apply something from that learning experience to my matches today," he reflected.

Campbell is a die-hard Manchester United fan and hopes to visit England one day to watch his favourite team play. Given that he seems to eat, sleep and dream football, it may come as a surprise that when asked what he wants to master in life, he veers into an unrelated field - "building airplanes".

Campbell also enjoys playing pool and cricket, as well as exploring various genres of music.

EXCELLING ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Not only does he excel on the field, but also in his profession. After just eight months into his first job as a cocktail server at Beaches Negril, he was promoted to bartender and was later assigned team leader for the bar department, a position which he held for a year.

His efforts at self-improvement were also recognised when he was awarded Most Improved team member of the month in 2012.

"He has shown himself to be a leader from day one," noted Keith Chang, bar manager at Beaches Negril. "He is a very responsible person who has the potential to excel."

The 24-year-old father of one son is completing a food and beverage management course with The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, through the Sandals Corporate University.

"He's focused, disciplined and determined, and not only does he have phenomenal technical football skills, but he also has excellent leadership abilities," shared Wilbert Harding, manager for the Beaches Negril football team. In winning the Major League, Campbell learnt a few things along the way and encourages others to "stick to the three Ds - discipline, determination and dedication; that's my main advice to anyone who wants to achieve a goal," he shared.

It is an instruction that he intends to keep on following so he may continue scoring goals not just on the field, but throughout his life.