Five players from the Barbados Soccer Academy will be attending a series of club, college and university soccer showcases in New York starting today and ending on March 11.
The players, who will be accompanied by the academy’s chief executive officer Jabez Bovell, are Jevon Durant of Queen’s College, Dave Drayton a former student of Christ Church Foundation, Akeem Straker a former student of Christ Church Foundation and Combermere, Jabarry Nicholls a former deputy head boy of St. Michael School and Combermere, and Jadai Clarke a former student St. Leonard’s Secondary.
The players will be attending a number of sessions to showcase their skills with a view to securing soccer scholarships from a university, or obtaining professional or semi-professional contracts from clubs. Bovell said this was all part of BSA’s main developmental objective.
“The importance of this trip to the BSA members’ future cannot be over emphasised. The members are very passionate about soccer and their courses of study and they are excited about this upcoming event,” Bovell said, adding the trip also allowed him to build strategic relations with other clubs and universities in New York.
“Barbados Soccer Academy will work with clubs and colleges to send our members as regularly as possible to these showcases in New York, where many Barbadian families reside, in order to reduce cost of accommodation and meals,” he said.
Bovell revealed that the Barbados Soccer Academy would also be travelling with its under 15, 17 and 19 youth teams of over 60 players, to participate in an International tournament in Houston, Texas, in July.
He said many of the top youth clubs in the world would be participating in the prestigious tournament with the BSA teams competing in the highest category of each age group.††