Telecommunications company, Digicel has teamed up with leading Barclays Premier League side, Manchester City to host the eighth staging of the Digicel Kickstart Academy.
The Academy which got underway at Sabina Park on Monday, August 27 will see 30 of the best young footballers across the region receiving world class training from the club’s top youth coaches.
Four Jamaican nationals are among those receiving this grand opportunity, they are Alan Skeritt of Excelsior High, Akeem Robotham of St. George’s College as well as Payge Sinclair and Malik Howell both of Jamaica College. The youngsters were chosen at the Digicel Kickstart Clinic held earlier this year in April.
This year’s Academy will not only improve the players’ abilities during the week-long training programme, but will also offer the top performing players from the Academy the ultimate prize of a trip to the United Kingdom to be a part of a training camp with Manchester City FC.
Director, Partnerships for the Americas at City Football Marketing, Ben Martin, said; “We are delighted to be supporting Digicel’s Kickstart Academy in Jamaica over the course of this week. I know our coaches are really looking forward to putting these talented young athletes through their paces and we are looking forward to seeing who comes out on top and wins a trip to come and enjoy a fantastic coaching experience in Manchester.”
Digicel Group Director of Marketing Operations, Kieran Foley, said; “Once again, Digicel is ensuring that the region’s aspiring young athletes have the chance to experience the highest level of youth football training programme as administered by our newest partner, Manchester City FC in the Kickstart programme. We are confident that the coaches and players will enjoy the week’s activities – more so the players who are going to benefit from a week of intense training that will sharpen their skills and help them to develop an ethos of professionalism and a good attitude – critical attributes of successful people in all walks of life.”