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Twelve players hone their skills at Manchester City’s training ground

 Players get opportunity of a lifetime to meet Manchester City players


Friday, 28th October 2016 – Castries, St. Lucia: Following an impressive week of intensive training in Manchester with top-class coaches from Manchester City FC, twelve of the Caribbean’s most talented young footballers from the Digicel Kickstart programme are traveling back home with renewed confidence and improved skills to make it to the top level of club and international football.

The boys left the coaches impressed after being put through a combination of agility, endurance and skills-centred drills – truly honing their skills as first-team players would.

Alan Dixon, City Football Schools Project Manager, who has been the lead coach for the Digicel Kickstart programme, said; “We have been impressed by all of the players who came to train at the City Football Academy over the last week. Their positive work ethic and commitment to improving their game never ceased and as result we have seen them grow and develop across the week.

“We are delighted to support Digicel’s Kickstart programme, which provides young players from across the Caribbean with a unique experience to train like a professional Manchester City player - helping raise their game to the next level.”

Digicel Group Director of Marketing, Peter Lloyd, said; “We’re very excited to be closing out another successful year of this remarkable programme – thanks to a great partnership with Manchester City. We are very happy with the growth of the programme and the wealth of experience that the boys will take with them for the rest of their lives.”

Lloyd continued; “The boys learned so much and received a lot of support from their families and from our online family who followed their journeys through our social media platforms. We encourage the boys to leverage this experience to the fullest as this will take them to the next level in their career and in their everyday lives.”

In addition to experiencing how to live and train like a professional Manchester City player, the boys also met Manchester City players Raheem Sterling, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, who stopped by their training session to give them some words of encouragement – an experience the boys say they will take with them forever.

Through live coverage and daily updates on Digicel’s digital media platforms with over three million strong following, thousands of football fans across the Caribbean were impressed with the programme and the progress of the boys’ development throughout the programme.



Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 15 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 grassroots NRL programs, women’s business initiatives and the Amicale soccer team in Vanuatu.

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.

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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, 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 Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, 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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