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Digicel kickstarts clinic in Jamaica at JFF Centre

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Participants in the Digicel Kickstart Clinic and officials pose during the launch at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Centre at the University of the West Indies yesterday: The officials are (back row, from left): Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship manager, Digicel, Garth Savoury, JFF marketing director, David Monk, Chelsea FC Foundation coach, Theodore Whitmore, national Under-20 coach, Max Fouracre, Chelsea FC Foundation coach, Don Anderson, chairman, Institute of Sports.


Thirty youngsters from across the island are participating in an intensive two-day football training camp with coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation, David Monk and Max Fouracre, at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Centre, at the University of the West Indies.

The youngsters, aged 13-16, begun training yesterday and will undergo a number of drills to test their readiness and technical aptitude for the next level in their football career, at the annual Digicel Kickstart Clinic, which ends today. The players are also being put through rigorous training in agility, coordination and ball mastery.

"It's fantastic to be back in Jamaica and finish the Kickstart tour on a high note," said Monk. "For this clinic, we're looking for three things - we're looking for creativity, someone with great technical skills and is able to play in more than one position, and finally, someone who will be a wonderful ambassador to Jamaica."

Kamal Powell, Digicel's senior sponsorship manager, noted his company's efforts to enhance the sport's development.

moulding youngsters

"Digicel is keen on helping to develop young talented athletes in Jamaica and across the region. As such, we have invested in several programmes geared towards moulding these youngsters into the next generation of movers and shakers on the field," said Powell.

"We're very happy to have the Chelsea FC on board with us on this initiative, and we have no doubt that it will be another success," he added.

At the end of the clinic, three boys will be selected to attend the international Kickstart Academy, where they will train with coaches from top European football clubs.