Teenage footballer Jiffon Robinson hopes to get help from Cayman’s general public to fill one of the last three spots and join three other Caymanians already selected for the Digicel KickStart Academy in Barbados later this year. Digicel has launched a Facebook competition to fill the last three spots at the coveted Digicel KickStart Academy in Barbados in partnership with Chelsea Football Club, and Robinson hopes to get a place.
Two months ago excited onlookers gathered at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex for the selection of the first three players to represent Cayman at the Digicel KickStart Academy on Oct. 24.
The three Chelsea coaches announced that Zachary Scott, Tevin Crawford and Kameron D’hue were selected out of 30 of the top players who participated in the two-day clinics.
In addition to the ecstatic three, Robinson was selected as the “wild card” and so impressed with his speed were the coaches that they dubbed him Cayman’s fastest player.
A fourth player is selected as a wild card from each of the 14 participating countries who host the KickStart clinics.
Out of the 14 wild cards, only three can attend the Digicel Academy by winning a spot based on fan votes in a competition launched on Facebook called Pick Three.
Digicel’s James Wynne said, “Digicel is proud to see the unearthing of aspiring young footballing talent across the region through the Digicel KickStart program.
“Every year the selections of the wild card pick becomes harder because of the amazing talent that these young players display and so this year we decided that each of the 14 wild card picks should earn their spot through the support of their friends, fans and family by getting their votes through the Digicel KickStart Facebook competition.” A dynamic midfielder who plays for Academy Sports Club, Robinson has posted an eye-catching YouTube video showcasing his skills for anyone curious.
Dubbed the “fastest footballer” by Chelsea youth coach David Monk, Robinson has his heart set on winning a spot in Barbados.
He is asking everyone in the Cayman Islands who has access to a Facebook page to vote for his video in the Pick Three competition. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on July 24.
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