Five members of the Barbados Soccer Academy have been selected by Bert Lobo, international soccer coach/agent, to attend professional trials in England.
The players are Damian Clarke,17, Ocean Sober-Henry,16, Edward Okey, 16, Carl Hinkson, 16, and Torian Went, 15. Lobo was invited by the BSA to observe a showcase of its players and at the same time participate in the planning of the Caribbean International Soccer Youth Tournament slated for August 5-12, 2014. Jabez “Jack” Bovell, chief executive officer of the BSA said these players were very impressive on and off the field during some of the showcase matches that were held at the Combermere School grounds.
“They were chosen based on commitment, dedication, attendance, skills, and professional attitude,” Bovell said, adding that this new strategy was consistence with his goals. He was also at the forefront of sending five players – Albert Mapp, Neil Bovell, Ryan Ramsey, Michael Forde, and Wayne Hunte – for trials in England back in 1994.
Bovell, who will be traveling with the players to England, said that the BSA had already developed links with some professional clubs in England and that these players would be positioned to perform at a high level.
Bovell further said that the BSA would establish strategic relationships with professional clubs in Europe, where the academy could share its core competencies, which would include the possibility of BSA members representing European clubs, team visits, player exchange, promotional/ camps and player trials.
He also indicated that another 25 players from the BSA’s under-12 to 15 age group would be traveling to England in July 2014 for a month of trials. Bovell said one of the BSA’s objectives was to identify players of outstanding ability and place them in a technical and educational programme designed to produce soccer excellence in conjunction with personal development.