Foster gets Swindon chance

Another talented football gets the chance for a tryout with a professional team next week.

Kray Foster goes to the United Kingdom to begin training with the Swindon Town Football Club Centre of Excellence on Monday.

Foster, 12, will be the second youngster and the youngest local player to benefit from the relationship established between the Swindon Town’s Centre of Excellence, the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Cayman Islands Football Association and the West Bay Sports Foundation.

Last week Academy Sporting Club youngster Cameron Gray, 13, travelled to the Chelsea Youth Academy, Reading and the Swindon Town Centre of Excellence following his stellar performance for Academy Sporting Club against Swindon Town’s Under 13 team during their tour to the Cayman Islands in February.

Kray will join former team-mates Sebastian Martinez and Gray. The brilliant Martinez, 13, has been permanently based with the Centre of Excellence since October.

An excited Foster said: “I’m very happy about the opportunity to travel over to Swindon Town to experience what it’s like being in a professional atmosphere and comparing with what we have in Cayman.”

Founder of the West Bay Sports Foundation, Ardin Rivers, said: “We are thrilled that another local youngster has the opportunity to train with Swindon Town. Helping our youngsters fulfil their goals through sports and academics was one of the primary reasons the West Bay Sports Foundation was established. The foundation will be assisting Kray with a monetary donation to help defray some of his travel expenses. We wish him all the best on his travels.”

Swindon Town’s recent tour was organised by the Ministry and the West Bay Sports Foundation in collaboration with a number of sponsors from the private sector. One of the major reasons for bringing over the Swindon Town Under-13 team and establishing this ongoing relationship with the English Division 2 outfit was to gain opportunities such as this for Cayman’s youngsters to experience training with a professional academy.

Foster attends St. Ignatius High School and was a standout for the St. Ignatius Prep team competing in the CUC Primary Football League between 2007-11. He was part of the successful St. Ignatius Prep teams that won a number of titles in the U-9 and U-11 Divisions during those years.

His performances with St. Ignatius Prep secured him a spot in the newly formed Primary Football League Youth Primary Programme. It was during a training session with the Swindon Town U-13 coaching staff and players from the programme that Foster’s talents were noticed by one of the visiting coaches.

Foster joined Academy Sports Club under coach Winston Chung and Virgil Seymour three years ago. Then he joined Sunset under coach Patrick O’Neale who said: “I have only known and worked with Kray for a short while, but in that time he has displayed the technical qualities required to be competitive in football.

“This has given him a solid platform to take him to the next level. Training with and hopefully being accepted into the Swindon Town set-up is a fantastic opportunity that will not only benefit Kray but other young hopefuls willing to dedicate and commit themselves to the sport they love.”

Foster is expected to spend two weeks on trial at Swindon Town.

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