DIGICEL KICKSTART CLINIC DEVELOPING TALENT IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
- Manchester City FC youth coaches put the island’s best footballing talent through intense training sessions
Monday 4th April, 2016 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: The second instalment of the Digicel Kickstart Clinic got off to an exciting start in the Turks and Caicos lslands as the players were put through high intensity training sessions hosted by youth football coaches from Manchester City FC.
The players were eager to develop their talent as they stepped on to the field at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales, and that they did as they were put through their paces by the Manchester City coaching team, which is being led by Alan Dixon, Project Manager for City Football Schools back in Manchester.
Commenting on the overall performance of the boys, Alan said; “It was great to see the boys apply themselves in the practices and to see how motivated they were to improve in every session.”
The sessions being delivered focus on putting players in realistic game situations to challenge their decision-making abilities during the game. Alan added; “It was encouraging to see the boys embrace the practices and to watch their confidence grow as they performed. By the second day, we saw more of their creativity and personality come out and they were able to really express themselves on the pitch.”
At the end of the Clinic, three successful boys were selected by the coaches to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands at the Digicel Academy: 14 year old Junior Paul, 15 year old Patrick Alouidor and 16 year old Mackensen Cadet. Commenting on the selectees, Alan said; “The boys performed at a high level both on and off the field, they did their best to take on every challenge presented to them by the coaches and possess the qualities we think will help them to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands well at the next stage of the Digicel Kickstart Academy.”
At last year’s Digicel Academy, the MCFC coaches selected players from the Caribbean to continue training with them for a week at their City Football Academy, Manchester City’s elite training and youth development facility in Manchester, England. While there, they got a unique opportunity to experience life as a professional footballer – learning the tactics and strategies employed by Manchester City FC first team players.
The Digicel Kickstart Clinic programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for thousands of aspiring young footballers. Through the Kickstart Clinics, participants not only learn football skills and technical abilities, but also develop an ethos of professionalism and a good attitude – key attributes of successful people across all walks of life.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After more than 14 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 title sponsor 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, 13% of which is owned by a Chinese Media Capital-led consortium, 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.
For more information, please visit www.mcfc.co.uk