Five players from RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy youth teams are currently in the United States attending trials.
Edward Okey, a student of Harrison College, is currently at Duke University in North Carolina attending a showcase. Last year Okey represented the Barbados national Under-17 youth team in Panama in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals. Also he recently returned from Cuba as a member of the national Under-20 team that participated in the preliminary round of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Carl Hinkson and Jadon Norville, also of Harrison College, will be joining Okey at the University of South Florida during the period of July 20-24 for tryouts. Norville is a former student of St Michael School. Hinkson was also a member of last year’s national Under-17 team that participated in the Under-17 World Cup in Panama, he is also a member of the Barbados national Under-20 team that participated in Cuba.
Ocean Sobers-Henry, a former student of Coleridge and Parry and St Leonard’s Boys, is currently at DC United Major League Soccer club for trials. He has so far impressed the coach. Ocean also represented Barbados in Panama and Cuba. These players are expected to attend further trials in the United States at Clemson University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Campbell University.
Tre Hinds, a student of Queen’s College and a member of the national Under-20 team, is also expected to travel for trials. Hinds represented Barbados at the CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas this year.
Chief executive officer of the Barbados Soccer Academy, Jabez ‘Jack’ Bovell, said that the main objective of the academy was to position its members to access some of top universities in the world, and also create professional contracts for them. Since the academy was founded in 2004 Bovell said it had secured 20 scholarships.
Last week the players were part of the RBC Capital Markets BSA Under-17 team that won the Kick Start International Youth Tournament. Bovell praised the parents of the youngsters for making financial inputs to facilitate the overseas trials.