The 2012 Digicel Kick Start Clinic is fast approaching, marking the commencement of a three year deal between Digicel and English football powerhouse, Chelsea.

In July of this year it was announced that Digicel and Chelsea would be involved in a lucrative three year partnership which would see the latter being responsible for providing the coaching expertise for Digicel’s Caribbean football clinic, which targets the region’s rising junior stars and exposes them to the highest level of coaching.

Speaking about the deal, Barry O’Brien, CEO of Digicel (Barbados) Limited, said it was an opportunity for two very successful brands to work together for a common cause: “Over the years Digicel has shown its commitment to the development of football in the region, through its sponsorship of several tournaments, in addition to the hosting of clinics in the various territories in which we operate. In Chelsea we have found a partner dedicated to improving football education around the world and the fulfillment of each player’s potential and we hope that this three-year deal would be the start of long-term relationship.”

{FILE IMAGE (LEFT to RIGHT) – Alex Tasker, Barry O’Brien, Education Minister Ronald Jones & John Barnes}

The one week clinic, which commences on Monday, October 29 at the Kensington Oval, will see players from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, Suriname and St. Kitts & Nevis, joining Barbadian National Under-17 players, Sebastian Hunte, Shakille Belle and Ramar Millar.

Apart from benefitting from the expert instruction which will be given by the Chelsea coaches, the players will each be vying for one of the scholarships up for grabs, as seven players will be selected by the Chelsea coaches to travel to Stanford Bridge, where they will receive further training and a possible stint with the club’s junior team.

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