Swindon Town assessed talented teenagers

Three Cayman Islands Under-17 national footballers – Leighton Thomas, Dante Ramoon and Zachary Scott – got an envious chance to train with a professional club in England recently.

Over the school mid-term break they got to experience football life at League One side Swindon Town’s Youth Academy, 80 miles west of London.

The trio spent eight days there and participated in three games against Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and Cheltenham.

This opportunity was as a result of a blossoming relationship between the Cayman Islands Football Association and Swindon Town Football Club’s Youth Academy headed by Jeremy Newton who was impressed with the three during the CONCACAF Under 15 Championships in August.

Newton has visited the Cayman Islands on numerous occasions and along with Fitzroy Simpson, the technical director at Goald Football Management in Swindon, has played a major role in securing places in the club’s academy for Caymanian youngsters Sebastian Martinez, Kray Foster and Nathan Borde who attend Swindon Town Academy full time.

Simpson is no stranger to the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands having played professionally for Portsmouth, Chelsea, Manchester City and Swindon Town as well as representing Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup Finals in France.

The three players were assessed in training and games by Newton and his coaching staff.

CIFA’s scholarship and academy program is made possible by sponsor Greenlight Re, a specialist property and casualty reinsurance company who provide financial assistance to national team players seeking to further their education while improving their level of football at colleges, universities or professional academies overseas.

CIFA first vice-president Bruce Blake said: “These young men, if successful, will join a growing number of Caymanians that are part of Swindon Town’s Youth Academy.

“The relationship between Swindon Town and the Cayman Islands Football Association continues to reap benefits for our national program. We are currently exploring ways that we can strengthen this relationship, in an effort to improve our national program and to provide our youngsters with every opportunity of studying and playing overseas. I thank Greenlight Re for partnering with CIFA in the development of our national program.”

Since the establishment of the Under-15 national program six months ago in preparation for the CONCACAF U-15 Championships, the system and style of play which was implemented by technical director Ardin Rivers and head coach Dion Brandon, the Cayman Islands has witnessed the most attractive and entertaining football seen locally in youth football.

The philosophy is for players to play with confidence when in possession starting from the goalkeeper and building up the field to the attacking third.

The U-13, U-15 and newly established U-17 national programs will adhere to this coaching method in preparation for future Caribbean Football Union, CONCACAF and FIFA tournaments.

This opportunity was as a result of a blossoming relationship between the Cayman Islands Football Association and Swindon Town Football Club’s Youth Academy headed by Jeremy Newton who was impressed with the three during the CONCACAF Under 15 Championships in August.

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