One player to emerge out of the superb
Bodden Town football system head by coach Elbert McLean is doing exceptionally
well at college in the United States.
Tevon Levien currently plays for
Ohio Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division 3 programme.
“We won our conference and went on
a run to be nationally ranked No.1 in the US for Division 3,” said midfielder
Levien. “We finished off the season being ranked No.13 in the country overall.
“I have a strong connection with
Bodden Town Football Club which has definitely moulded me into the player that
I am today.
“Coach Elbert has influenced me in
many ways. He has always instilled confidence in me which has allowed me to believe
in myself to the fullest degree.
“I also learned representation from
coach Elbert. He would always tell me to represent myself, my country, my
school team and my club team in a positive manner on and off the field.”
McLean said: “Tevon was always good
from an early age. He usually plays either on the right flank or centre
“He always makes the effort to play
for us when he is on island and always trains with us when he can. He gives the
side that extra punch and pace. The guys are always pleased to see him.”
Bodden Town has a long history of
footballing excellence and between McLean and the club’s president Mark
Scotland, who is also the Sports Minister, they plan to create a Bodden Town
football museum. Levien is bound to feature in it.
“When I was in Trinidad on a
coaching course, I went to Joe Public’s ground and noticed they had their own
museum and trophy room,” said McLean. “It inspired me to create one for Bodden
Levien’s excellence has been
rewarded with selection to play for a US College Select team by the organisation
USA Athletes International.
The organisation’s criteria is to
scout and select college athletes to participate in their sport in different
parts of the globe.
“I’ve been honoured to go Barbados
this summer and participate in a week long tournament in July.”
Levien, 20, wants to play at pro
level when he finishes his studies and is not fussed where he ends up.
“As far as my ambitions go, I will
be playing for a team somewhere in the world where the football atmosphere is
overwhelming. I don’t know where yet though.”