Teens get chance to hone football skills

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 01 November 2012

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THIRTY-TWO of the most talented teenage footballers from the CONCACAF region are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity. In association with UEFA Champions League winners and English FA Cup champions Chelsea, the annual Digicel Kick Start Clinic has afforded the players hailing from eight countries, including the Caribbean, Central America and the United States the opportunity to test their football skills at Kensington Oval. The one-week clinic, which is specifically geared to footballers between 13 and 16 years old, was officially launched at a Press conference at the Oval on Monday. The youngsters have been going through a number of drills to test their mental and physical skills. International coach David Monk said Chelsea was happy to partner with Digicel and the Barbados Tourism Authority. Monk said the coaches had put together a programme that would help the Barbados Football Association (BFA) and, hopefully, with a long-term strategic plan, the development of football in the country. He told the young footballers at the conference not to focus on who the winners or the losers were because everybody was a winner. The coaches will be staying on an additional week to conduct the BFA/Barbados Tourism Authority Coaching Playing Development Camp at Kensington Oval. Fifty-two footballers, ages six to 13, have been selected from a field of 120 players to be a part of the camp. (ML)

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