Three teenage footballers are excited that they have been selected for a chance to improve their skills with Chelsea Football Club.
Zachary Scott, Tevin Crawford and Kameron D’Hue have been picked by development coaches to attend the Chelsea Academy in Barbados later this year.
The selections came after two days of clinics with the coaches through the Digicel/Chelsea Kick Start Program at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last week. The program involves coaches traveling to 14 Caribbean countries and training with their best players before picking three for their academy.
It’s meant to help develop football in the region.
“Come back next year, use this year as a building year,” Chelsea International Football Development Officer David Monk said to the group. “Develop yourself as a person. Eat your vegetables. Sleep well. Listen to your parents. And when you come back next year, I guarantee that we will pick you.”
The program is open to 30 of the best boys and 20 girls ages 14-16 in the participating countries.
“Your journey does not end here if you are too old to return next year,” Monk said. “Your journey starts here. And the fact that you are within these 30 elite players is a wonderful achievement. Your careers are starting at this age.”
There may be a fourth Caymanian eligible to attend the academy, Jiffon Robinson, who was picked as the “wild card” player. Each country has a wild card player and the public will get to vote for one to attend. The three players who receive the most online votes get the chance.