The Barbados Soccer Academy’s under-13 footballers have been holding their own since arriving in Ontario, Canada, last week.
Over the weekend they drew 1-1 with Innisfil Soccer Club’s Under-13 team at the Innisfil Recreation Complex. They owed their share of the spoils to Kavian Inniss who scored the only goal for the academy in the tough encounter.
The BSA youngsters are currently in Canada as part of the academy’s ongoing development programme following their dominance of local age-group competitions held under the auspices of the Barbados Football Association over the past few years.
According to the Innisfil website, following the game, the Ontario club hosted a barbecue for both teams, and the Barbados youngsters were treated to a night out at the Sunset Speedway racetrack where they took in stock car racing.
The innisfil website stated the Canadian club also sought to access donations of used soccer equipment, including shoes, shin pads, jerseys, among other items, “in order to help under-privileged children in Barbados participate in the beautiful game”.
The Innisfil Soccer Club also indicated that the Barbados team had discussed bringing one of the Innisfil coaches down to Barbados to host a soccer camp, all expenses paid. The negotiations are currently ongoing, and according to the club, close to completion.†The BSA, whose chief executive officer is Jabez “Jack” Bovell, has also sent representative teams to Houston, USA, to compete in other age-group competitions.††