Local footballer Torian Went has secured a full scholarship to the University of North Florida under the programme of the Barbados Soccer Academy.
Went is the 27th scholarship winner from the BSA since the programme was introduced in 2004 by BSA director Jabez ‘Jack’ Bovell.
He began playing in Class Four of the St George Primary School where he became captain and the school’s top goal scorer. He was also a member of the Pro Shottas Club.
Went has also travelled to Italy to participate in a tournament with AC Milan U14 America’s team. While in Italy he was named team captain and after a series of impressive performances, was selected to be a part of the AC Milan U14 and U15 Elite Americas team.
The Harrison College student later transferred to the BSA, following in the footsteps of some of his schoolmates. Under his captaincy, the team won the U15 Barbados Cup, and went on to win other competitions including the Barbados Football Association youth tournaments.
Went is also a member of the RBC Capital Markets BSA U19 team that defeated Empire premier league team in the BFA knockout tournament.
At the national level he captained the Barbados U17 Men’s National team which participated in the U17 Men’s World Cup qualifiers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2014.
In 2015 he was called up to the U23 Men’s National Olympic Squad as well as the Senior National Squad. Went has, to date, made two caps for the U23 team in the Olympic Qualifiers versus St Kitts and Cayman Islands in the summer of 2015.
Last December he travelled with the BSA U19 team for the first time to the CASA tournament in Miami and the Disney tournament in Orlando, where he caught the eye of various college and university coaches.
Bovell welcomed the news, saying the BSA helps student-athletes to meet the academic and athletic criteria for qualifying for college scholarships.