Digicel is launching this year’s Digicel Kick Start Soccer Clinics in New York where 150 aspiring young soccer players will battle it out to be in with a chance to train with England and Liverpool soccer legend, John Barnes.

The programme – which coincides with the Digicel Caribbean Cup matches – kicks off next Sunday 21st August at the DCC fields in Jefferson High School Field, 12508 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn NY. The programme takes place over three days of clinics (continuing on August 28th and September 4th) – from which 30 of the best young soccer players will be chosen to train with England and Liverpool soccer legend, John Barnes, on Tuesday, September 27th 2011.

To register, Digicel customers simply have to go to the Digicel Caribbean Cup location, and top up with US$20 or more between August 14th and September 4th 2011, and they will also receive a free Digicel Soccer Kit which includes a soccer jersey, water bottle, pen, keychain and mini soccer ball. The Digicel soccer clinics are limited to 50 places per clinic and places are given on a first come first served basis.

Digicel Sr. Sponsorship Manager for the Diaspora, Mauricio Fernandez, said: “At Digicel, we are always looking for ways to support and inspire our communities. The game of soccer has a unique way of bringing people together and teaching our youth not just about the skills of the beautiful game – but also about valuable life skills like discipline, respect, commitment and teamwork.

{FILE IMAGE: John Barnes} 30 aspiring young soccer players will get the chance to train with England and Liverpool Soccer Legend, John Barnes

As such, we are delighted to be giving aspiring young soccer players the chance of a lifetime to train with John Barnes – one of the greatest soccer legends of all time. This is a fantastic opportunity for young soccer players – and one that can only benefit them,” continued Fernandez.

The Digicel Kick Start Soccer Clinics will see over 200 children – across eight countries – receive expert coaching in the beautiful game.

Digicel has been involved in a wide range of football initiatives designed to support the development of football in the Caribbean and Central America over the last six years. Digicel, which has operations in 32 countries worldwide, sponsors 17 Football Federations and Leagues, as well as the Digicel Caribbean Cup.

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