Three of Cayman’s top young footballers will be headed to a top regional institution.
Zachary Scott, Tevin Crawford and Kameron D’Hue were selected from a group of thirty players to represent the Cayman Islands at the Digicel Academy in October. The academy consists of the region’s top young talents handpicked by coaches from Barclays Premier League side, Chelsea Football Club. The selections were made after the telecommunications company’s Kick Start Clinics held sessions for the first time in Cayman at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last week.
Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said he hopes Chelsea become a regular fixture on the Cayman sports scene.
“I would like to applaud Digicel for their continued support with Kick Start, now in its seventh year,” Bodden said. “Now that they have brought Chelsea FC to Cayman for the first time, this has boosted the profile of the camp and I’m hoping that the three Chelsea coaches will have a major impact on our youngsters, male and female, and also on our local coaches. Chelsea is one of the world’s largest clubs and they have a lot to share. I’m hoping this will become a permanent fixture on our sporting calendar.”
Cayman, which offered an Under-16 girls session – a first for the clinics, was the fourth stop on the 14-country tour as Chelsea coaches worked with youngsters in the Caribbean and Central America. In addition to Scott, Crawford and D’Hue, Jiffon Robinson was selected as the wild card and dubbed fastest footballer in Cayman. A fourth player is selected as a wild card from each of the participating countries and out of the 14 wild cards, only three can attend the academy by winning a spot based on fan votes. Voting opens in July.
Senior International Development Officer for the Chelsea FC Foundation and Digicel Kick Start Clinics Head Coach David Monk praised the quality of talent in Cayman.
“With our visit being the first of its kind to Cayman, we were excited to see exactly what these Caymanian players had to offer,” Monk said. “After day one, we concluded that the attitude and professionalism demonstrated by these young men was admirable, this partnered with a high ability level means that we must adopt high expectations for our next visit.”