THREE PLAYERS CHOSEN FROM BARBADOS LEG OF DIGICEL KICKSTART CLINICS

Three young Barbadians have earned their space with the Chelsea FC training for the 2015 Digicel Kickstart Clinics, the announcement was just made at the Barbados leg in Wildey’s Kickstart facility.

Cliff Gooding-Edghill (in the middle) basks in his moment of glory with Chelsea coaches book-ending and Digicel's Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford

Cliff Gooding-Edghill (in the middle) basks in his moment of glory with Chelsea coaches book-ending and Digicel’s Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford

Digicel’s Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford told parents, coaches and children present how heartening it was to see the new-found friendship between the players, the Digicel executive also presented the medallions to Cliff Gooding-Edghill, Brendon Sidaway and Jordan Amory.

Brendon Sidaway (centre) receives his medal from Digicel's Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford

Brendon Sidaway (centre) receives his medal from Digicel’s Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford

To win a place in the Digicel Academy, aspiring young footballers must qualify from the Digicel Kick Start Clinics which will take place over the next few weeks.

The next category was Wild Card, which is selected on the basis of speed – in using a ball or operating without one. The high mark from each test was combined to get the final score, it was through this method Chelsea FC selected the Wild Card candidate.

Jordan Amory poses with Digicel's Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford and the Chelsea coaches

Jordan Amory poses with Digicel’s Commercial Operations Manager, Tanya Menzies-Beckford and the Chelsea coaches

The Wild Card is the fastest player in Barbados, and corresponding Wild Cards are chosen from the ten destinations for this year’s campaign, three of these Wild Cards drawn will also join the other team members chosen for the final prize of training at the Digicel Academy.

Parker O’Donnell was the team player who earned the honour of achieving Wild Card for his hard work and capability. Parker’s sister and mother appeared in the Step By Step motivational youth film “Chrissy,” which continues to be popular in Barbados.

At the conclusion of the intense training session, Chelsea FC Foundation’s Senior International Football Development Officer, David Monk urged parents and children to be grateful to each other, he urged parents be glad their children are developing disciplinary skills they can use anywhere and children should be grateful their parents felt they had the talent to try and compete in this long-standing Digicel initiative.

Michael Porter, Director of Coaching at the Wildey Club, expressed his gratitude to Digicel for selecting his venue as the place to launch this year’s quest for candidates and Chelsea FC for providing priceless lessons for the young Barbadians, Porter also indicated he’d like these Kickstart Clinics to become a dedicated annual event at his complex.

Jamaica is next for the football programme, then onwards over to Grenada, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Anguilla, Suriname as well as Antigua and Barbuda.

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