The Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) has registered another success.
Dario Greaves, 18, a student at Queen’s College has succeeded in gaining a grant to the University of Hartford, a NCAA division school in Connecticut, the USA. He has now become the BSA’s 30th scholarship winner since it was conceptualized in 2004 by BSA director, Jabez “Jack” Bovell.
Greaves, a solid defender, started his soccer career at the primary school level in the Bico Primary Schools competition. He was scouted by the BSA coaches and subsequently became a member of the BSA at age 11.
While at the BSA he has represented his club at the under 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 and the men’s division 2 levels. He was recently vice-captain of the RBC Capital Market BSA team that placed third in the Barbados Football Association’s Stag Beer Knockout Competition. Greaves captained Queen’s College in the age groups of the Barbados Secondary Schools competitions from first form to upper 6th form.
Greaves also represented the BSA at soccer showcases in Fort Lauderdale, Bradenton and Disney in the USA. At the age of 11 he started dreaming of playing football outside of Barbados and he continued to work hard to make that possible.
Bovell said that the strategic intent of the BSA was to secure at least 10 soccer and academic scholarships every year along with professional contracts.
“The BSA’s overseas trials and participation in international tournaments will surely be something to look forward to in the future as it aims to develop our young sportsmen and sportswomen while allowing them to have an enjoyable experience in the process.
“The BSA will continue to be the shining example through maintaining its incredible level of success by offering as many overseas trials and scholarship opportunities for its members as possible and continuing to provide the platform for their further development and so enable them to successfully compete with players from other countries,” Bovell said.