Of all the football camps run by top clubs in this region, one of the most coveted is the Real Madrid one in Miami.
Any kid whose family can stump up the $400 to attend the weekly camp can go but it’s not every youngster who impresses the Real coaches, who are, after all, used to seeing some of the world’s best players on a daily basis.
So when West Bay resident Jermaine Wilson got some genuine praise from the Real coaches after attending their camp at the Tamiami Fields, it’s worth taking note.
Head coach Enrique Guijarro wrote on Wilson’s report: ‘You are a very good player. Keep training like that and don’t forget your studies and you will play at university.’ Guijarro and colleague Carlos Perez are two of Real’s best coaches. Female coach Catalina Varsalona plays in Miami for the club side. All three were unstinting in praise for Jermaine.
The coaches advised him to go to a US college but look to turn pro outside of the US.
College football is the least level Wilson is shooting for. Like all aspiring players he wants Premiership, Serie A or La Liga status.
The 13-year-old Future Sporting Club midfielder got such a buzz from being at the camp he regrets not asking parents Susan and Tiger to book a second week.
‘The Real Madrid camp’s level of play was way higher than Cayman’s,’ Jermaine said. ‘The drills are harder and I improved all of my skills and learnt new skills.’
Also at the camp were Caymanians Julian Moxam (Renard’s son) and Benjamin Farrington.
Wilson was Future’s Under-14 captain last season under coach Rhuel Smith. Next season he goes up to the U-16s to be coached by Roy Huta Ebanks.
Courtney Duval is another Future kid doing well. He has just been accepted to a semi-pro academy in England. Inspired, Wilson wants to do better than that.
Tiger is a multi-titled natural body building champ. He is glad Jermaine has his sporting prowess. ‘The coach asked if he played for a bigger team,’ Tiger said. ‘He told us to keep coming back. They said Jermaine has great potential. I call him Wild Stallion because he’s always training. Can’t keep still.’
Jermaine actually has more medals for middle-distance running than football, hence his tremendous stamina. But one look in his bedroom and you know that football is the dominant sport in his life.
Last season Future won the FA Cup and were second to Catholic in the league. Jermaine was second top scorer with 10 goals and linked well with the other Future talent, Oliver Smith.
They formed a deadly partnership with Jermaine providing many scoring opportunities for the striker.
Huta spotted Wilson’s talent a few years ago when he was playing for New Horizons School on the George Hicks campus. ‘Coach Huta helped me to build confidence at primary school and he invited me to join Future.’
Let’s see how far the Wild Stallion can canter.