The Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) is looking to obtain ten more football scholarships by August 2018 following the positive results of its participation in a football talent exhibition.
At the recent Coconut Court Beach Hotel Soccer Showcase at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, BSA members Rashad Grant, Dario Greaves and Ocean Sobers Henry performed outstandingly and have attracted the attention of overseas universities.
Sobers-Henry has the opportunity of accepting a full scholarship for August 2017 at a university in the state of Tennessee. Grant has two offers from NCAA division 1 universities for August 2018. An attacking midfielder, Grant is in the process of completing his CXC certificates and SAT examination in order to be eligible. Greaves, a student of Queen’s College, is awaiting the letter of Intent from another top university in Massachusetts.
Chief executive officer of BSA, Jabez “Jack” Bovell, said that with the upcoming soccer showcase in November and the BSA annual tour in December to showcases in Fort Lauderdale and Disney, many doors would be opened for BSA members.
Bovell explained that any player thinking of joining the BSA, should come prepared to be a student athlete. He said that almost all BSA players seeking academic and soccer scholarships in the USA started in third form at their local high school doing the core subjects that were required according to NCAA rules for eligibility.
He added the BSA was also looking forward to inviting college teams to Barbados to play friendly or competitive matches. The first team is expected to arrive in January 2018.
“The BSA is proud of its short and distinctive athletics history. The key to our success is based on the fact that our commitment to student-athletes is central, uncompromising and achieved within the highest academic and ethical standards.
“In support of the broader BSA Mission Statement, our mission complements and enhances the development of the total person. We strive to create a supportive community which fosters the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical attributes of our students, staff and colleagues. Our mission also embraces the rules and regulations of the national association and the tournaments [in] which we participate,” Bovell said.