- September, 05 2011 -
Monday, September 5th 2011
St. George’s, Grenada: Thirty aspiring young footballers have been selected from around the country to participate in the Grenada leg of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics 2011 which will take place on the spice isle from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 8th October.
The young athletes were selected by Grenada Football Association accredited coaches during the recent GFA Football Fiesta and National Youth Cup Championship.
The Digicel Kick Start Clinics offer talented young Caribbean footballers a once in a lifetime opportunity to train under Jamaican-born England and Liverpool football legend, John Barnes.
In addition, from each of the eight Clinic countries, a number of players will be selected to go through to the elite Digicel Academy where they will spend a week developing their skills and technical ability as well as learning valuable life skills such as personal awareness and self-esteem
under the leadership of top Barclays Premier League coaches from the Sunderland Academy, assisted by John Barnes.
Grenada Football Association President, Cheney Joseph, said; “The Digicel Kick Start Clinics are the ideal start needed at this time to move our youth football programme forward. The Grenada Football Association welcomes the ongoing partnership of Digicel in promoting sports
and in particular football
as an alternative to crime and violence. We welcome Grenada’s inclusion in this year’s Digicel Kick Start Clinics programme, and we eagerly anticipate the positive effect it promises to have on thirty of Grenada’s future football stars.”
While in previous Digicel Kick Start Clinic programmes, the select few aspiring young footballers won a chance to spend a week in Sunderland AFC, this year Digicel is bringing these internationally acclaimed professional coaches to teach in the Digicel Academy
meaning many more players will have the chance to fulfill their dreams of being coached at Premier League level. The broader, more inclusive approach to the new-look Digicel Kick Start Clinics programme was developed in consultation with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and its affiliate members.
Digicel Grenada Country Manager, Patricia Maher, said; “Digicel Grenada is honoured to be selected to host this clinic on our island and our talented footballers get this once in a lifetime opportunity to succeed”.
Ultimately, the week-long training camp at the Digicel Academy will host the crème de la crème of the region’s talent where they will receive expert coaching in the beautiful game.
The Digicel Kick Start Clinics programme officially kicks off on Sunday 18th September in Haiti before travelling on to Panama, New York, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad and culminating in a week long training session at the Digicel Academy (also in Trinidad) from Tuesday November 1st to Monday November 7th.
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THE ROAD TO THE ACADEMY TIMELINE
|Country||John Barnes Clinic Dates|
Thursday 22nd September
Monday 26th September
|New York||Tuesday 27th
Friday 30th September
|St. Kitts & Nevis||Saturday 1st
Tuesday 4th October
Saturday 8th October
Wednesday 12th October
Sunday 16th October
|Trinidad||The Digicel Academy
Monday 7th November
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars
an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.