Spanish trip set new goals to aim for

Three representatives of the Cayman Islands Soccer visited Spanish La Liga club Valencia to see first-hand the training methods of several teams in the region.

During ten days acting as soccer ambassadors for the Cayman Islands, midfielder Ryan Jackson of Future Sports Club, Dion Brandon Under-15 and U-17 national team coach and Ardin “Cheeky” Rivers, technical director for the U-17 national team participated in training sessions with different Spanish teams.

Jackson, 15, under the guidance of the coaches of The Next Generation Sports, an entity specializing in training and development of talent, took part in training sessions that are focused on all aspects of the game.

He was also taught exercises to help him improve his tactics and physical condition.

Brandon and Rivers shared the characteristics of Caymanian soccer techniques and training methods with Next Generation coaches and got an insight into how top clubs Valencia, Villareal and Levante operate. The Spanish coaches revealed some of the key tactics that characterize their game.

The Caymanians also attended Valencia and Villarreal matches. They also went sightseeing, visiting the historical part of the city of Valencia, the modern City of Arts and Sciences and enjoyed eating the famous Valencian dish, paella.

This stay in Valencia is part of The Next Generation Sports program defined as NG Stages.

This is an exclusive project that brings together the different perspectives of football that exist around the world highlighting a modern methodology to be adapted in different cultures.

Rivers said: “It was an experience with a lot of new contents, as well as being very enriching for everyone.”