The Digicel Kick Start Clinics, backed by Chelsea Football Club, are looking for the best young footballing talent in the Caribbean and Central America, and next week Cayman kids will get their chance.
The program was launched in Kingston, Jamaica, last week.
This is the first year the clinics are being held in Cayman, and with the local pre-clinics having been completed, the 30 local boys selected are eager to train with the Chelsea Foundation coaches at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from May 14 to 16.
During the initial community clinics held in each country, hundreds of children are trying out for a place to be coached under three top coaches from Chelsea.
The 30 best children from each country are training under the coaches in the hope of being one of the top three chosen by them to go to the Digicel Academy in Barbados and represent their country.
This year, besides Cayman and Jamaica, the clinics are in Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
The inaugural session will see sponsorship from the Cayman Islands Department of Sports, Department of Tourism, Cayman Islands Football Association, Health City Cayman Islands and Subway.
“The Health City Cayman Islands is thrilled to be a sponsor of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics in the Cayman Islands and will be looking towards expanding that partnership into the wider Caribbean,” said Health City marketing director, Shomari Scott. “The awareness of our cardiac offering is high, so we saw our providing of physiotherapists during the clinics as a perfect way to communicate our world-class orthopedic offering whilst helping to educate the youngsters in preventative measures from acquiring sports injuries and to show them important warm-up and cool-down techniques.”
During the weeklong Digicel Academy in Barbados, the top 42 boys from across the region get the chance to receive intensive training from Chelsea coaches. Also, a girls coaching session has been introduced for the first time.