DIGICEL KICKSTART CLINICS OFF TO A GREAT START
May 6th 2014 - - Chelsea FC Foundation coaches pick Jamaica’s top three players who will attend the Digicel Academy
Senior International Development Officer for the Chelsea FC Foundation and Digicel KickStart Clinics Head Coach, David Monk, praised the high quality of footballing talent he saw at the KickStart Clinics held in Jamaica last week and hopes this trend continues for the rest of the 2014 programme.
Jamaica was the first stop on the 14-country tour which will see David and his team of coaches training the Caribbean and Central American region’s best youth players. Monk spoke of the new elements that were added to this year’s Clinics including increased training time with the boys as well as, for the first time in the history of the programme, an under-16 girls training session.
He said; “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the boys in Jamaica as well as with the under-16 girls. The programme continues to go from strength to strength with more countries participating in the Clinics giving aspiring young footballers the chance to make their dreams a reality. We are now hosting a session for female footballers as part of the schedule for the first time – a strong testament to the programme’s consistent growth since it launched in 2007.”
With the start of the 2014 programme, David and his team were excited to find a new crop of talented footballers who will go to Barbados for the Digicel Academy in October. When asked about his expectations of the Jamaica Clinics, Monk liked how the boys maintained a high level of professionalism, saying “With last year’s MVP for the Digicel Academy from Jamaica, our expectations were very high coming into the two-day Clinics and we were not disappointed. They were well composed, professional and worked hard to showcase their talent during the Clinics. The boys definitely made it hard for us to choose the top three as they all demonstrated great potential and were all worthy of attending the Academy. However, we had to make a choice and we are confident that the boys we picked will give a good account of themselves at the Academy in October.”