Three young aspiring Barbadian footballers Avery Chandler, Sheran Hoyte and Dishon Howell are in Jamaica embarking on a once in a lifetime opportunity at the Digicel Kickstart Academy.
The Digicel Kickstart programme, which is held in 14 Digicel markets across the region, is a grassroots initiative that has helped players across the Caribbean and Central America to benefit from world class training by coaches from top football organisations. The boys were chosen from a field of 30 of the island’s best Under-16 players during the Digicel Kickstart Clinic conducted by coaches from Manchester City FC in April.
Prior to their departure for Jamaica, chief executed officer of Digicel Barbados Conor Looney said: “As our boys leave to embark on a journey that is sure to be a stepping stone to kick starting their dreams, I urge them to not only make us proud, but to make the most of this opportunity.”
General manager for the Kickstart Football Club – Barbados, Ron Greenidge, is accompanying the boys. This is Greenidge’s second year at the academy as he also attended with last year’s participants.
“I feel really privileged and humbled to be involved in this project which provides life changing opportunities for so many young players. The academy definitely encourages me to continue my involvement and commitment to be part of this great journey for these aspiring athletes and I hope that it continues for a long time to come,” Greenidge said.
The Digicel Kickstart Academy runs from June 20 to 24 in Kingston, Jamaica where the Manchester City coaches will select the best performers to continue training with them for a week at their City Football Academy, an elite training and youth development facility in Manchester, England.