Brazil camp for talented trio hoping to be pros

Three Caymanian youth players left
the island last Wednesday heading for Brazil, where they will undergo four
weeks of intensive training as part of the development programme partnership
between the Cayman Islands football Association and top Brazilian clubs.

Cassie McLaughlin, 14, Danner
Taylor, 15, and Keron Watler, 16, were excited about their trip and gave
positive and similar comments when asked what they planned to make of their

President of the East End Football
Club John McLean and MLA Arden McLean sponsored Cassie McLaughlin and Keron
Watler while Danner Taylor was sponsored by the Elite Football Club.

They are at the Vasco da Gama
Football Club and will be subject to some serious football disciplines which
will develop them mentally and physically. They are scheduled to return to the
island on 25 August.

Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro was
founded in 1898 and is one of Brazil’s most popular and successful clubs with
more than 15 million supporters.

This trip will also be used to
expose their talents and sharpen their skills with training provided from a
professional and more advanced football environment. They will also be assessed
by scouts and other independent bodies interested in youth football development
who will make recommendations at the end of the training.  

This venture was organised and part
sponsored by the Cayman Islands Football Association in its continuing efforts
to help players reach a higher level.

Striker Watler is a student of the
John Gray Hicks High School. He said: “I am happy to have received the chance
to go to a training camp in Brazil. I am planning to learn new skills there and
become a better player. This is a professional camp and I am looking forward to
getting the experience. I started playing football as a goal keeper and
switched my position to a striker; I am positive that I will be a professional
footballer in the future.”

Watler went on to add that he
started playing football at five and his role model is striker Fernando Torres
from Spain.

McLaughlin is a midfielder and a
student at George Hicks High School. He started playing football at six at the
North Side Primary School before joining the East End Football Club where he
plays for the East End Youth team. He said: “I am delighted to be going to
Brazil to play football and learn more skills. It is my dream to become a
professional footballer from the Cayman Islands. Thanks to the Cayman Islands
Football Association and Coach Thiago Cunha for selecting me to be a part of
this camp.”

Taylor said: “When I was younger I
used to play softball but since I was 12 I developed a passion for football,
after watching the game over a period of time. Thanks to Elite SC and Coach
Tiger Wilson for their help in my accomplishments so far, and I will be doing
my best to adjust to the training I receive at the training camp in Brazil and
return to Cayman playing better football.” 

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