Sunday 1st May 2016 – Roseau, Dominica: Dominica’s aspiring young footballers braved the heat to participate in the Digicel Kickstart Clinic, a bespoke programme delivered by Manchester City FC coaches that gives the young athletes a chance to be among the selection of players who will attend the Digicel Kickstart Academy.
The players worked hard during the two day programe and the coaches welcomed their tenacity on the field. City Football Schools coach, Lewis Childs, who led the Digicel Kickstart Clinic in Dominica said; “The players took a while to get adjusted to the tempo due to the heat, but they eventually got into the rhythm and gave a good account of themselves.”
The Clinics are designed to hone the skills and talents of the Caribbean’s aspiring players and, half way through the Clinics phase of the programme, the coaches are continuing to unearth great talent across the region.
At the end of the two-day clinic, Jomiah Timothy, Kiano Martin and Perry Charles were the top three boys selected to represent Dominica at the Digicel Kickstart Academy. Jomiah Timothy, one of the players who was selected, said:
“As one of the players selected to represent Dominica at the Digicel Kickstart Academy, I feel very excited and I hope that with training from the Academy, I can further my career in football. I encourage young boys aspiring to try out for the programme to ensure that they have discipline and proper conduct in order to achieve their goals.”
The other two players who were chosen, Kiano Martin and Perry Charles, were also honoured to be selected and are looking forward to meeting and interacting with their peers from across the Caribbean and Central America.
The young footballers will join the other selected players from across the Caribbean and Central America at the week-long Digicel Academy where they will receive another round of intensive training. At the Academy, the boys will have the opportunity to impress the coaches further, in the hopes of being among the top players who will get the chance of a lifetime to train at the City Football Academy, Manchester City FC’s elite training and youth development facility in Manchester, England.
Digicel Group is a leading global communications provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 13 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
About Manchester City Football Club
Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier League titles in the last three years (2012, 2014), and five FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of four teams comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos among its sister clubs.
Under manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Club plays its domestic and Champions’ League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a world leading first team training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.
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