Future Sporting Club in West Bay is a hotbed of football talent, that’s quite evident.
The latest to emerge is Kingsley Firth who is currently on trial with Sporting Lisbon this week in Portugal, hoping to get a place at their academy in September.
Firth, 13, accompanied another Future starlet, Oliver Smith, last year for trials at Sporting Lisbon and like his good friend has ambitions of making it at the highest level in pro football.
Last year Firth played on Future’s Under-13, U15 and U17 teams even though he was still only 12 – and scored at all levels.
Standing 5ft 9ins, Firth is big and strong for a 13-year-old. A naturally left footed player, he is fast and as a result often plays on the left wing, but has also shown his versatility for Future playing as a forward and also in the central midfield playmaking role.
Last summer Firth attended a training camp with Liverpool where he caught the attention of the academy coaches who nicknamed him ‘The Cannon’ and ‘Riise’ (after John Arne Riise the former Liverpool and current Roma player) because of his powerful left foot shot.
Liverpool showed an interest and asked permission to monitor Firth’s progress in the UK, but as he has grown up in Cayman and Portugal and has family in Portugal, he has always had his heart set on joining the academy at Sporting Lisbon. Cristiano Ronaldo began his career at Sporting, as did Luis Figo.
Firth said: “The Academia Sporting is undoubtedly the best in the world. Their philosophy of football and focus on technique is unparalleled and consistently produces some of the most technically skilled footballers in the world.
‘It has always been my dream to be a part of the Sporting academy and I hope I take advantage of the opportunity I have been given to fulfil my dream.’
He spends his summers in Portugal. He was originally spotted by Edgar Jacques, the regional scout for Sporting Lisbon.
Jacques has worked with Firth over the last couple of years and arranged for Kingsley to trial at the Sporting academy in Alcochete.
Coached by Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks and Patrick ‘Paddy’ O’Neal at Future, they have seen Firth develop, like Smith, rapidly.
O’Neal said: ‘Kingsley is like Oliver and playing beyond his years. He has excelled at Under-15 and U-17 level and we want to bring him into the First Division set-up to accelerate his development.
‘I think he reads the game exceptionally well and has great powers of concentration, distribution, passing and dribbling. Like Oliver, I think he can make pro level too.
‘Kingsley’s general football knowledge is superb. I’m sure he’s not out of his depth at Sporting Lisbon and learning even more than here. He needs their feedback to progress.’