Ipswich likes Tugman, 9

A 9-year-old Cayman footballer is enjoying a dream invite from an English professional club for a tryout at its academy. Jacobbi Tugman was selected to attend a two-week training session with Ipswich Town’s academy after his talent was spotted by the club’s coach, Steve Foley, who visited Cayman in July. 

Ipswich play in the Championship, England’s second tier.  

Foley attended training sessions organized by Excel Sports Management at one of its identification camps organized by Academy Sports Club’s Virgil Seymour.  

Seymour, director of Excel Sports Management, has developed a relationship with many professional English clubs and is committed to providing high quality football development along with overseas opportunities.  

Tugman plays with Bodden Town Primary School in the CUC Primary Football League and is a member of Academy’s Under-12 team which competes in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s U-12 League. Seymour said, “Jacobbi is a great kid on and off the field. He is very coachable, hardworking and always gives 110 percent. It was no surprise when coach Foley selected him.” 

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Tugman and his mother Delcia Richards have been in Ipswich for the past two weeks, where the youngster has trained and played with Ipswich Academy’s U-10 and U-11 sides.  

Tugman’s goal scoring, speed, technique and shooting power have impressed his coaches, along with Ipswich’s Head of Recruitment Steve McGavin.  

Ipswich want to monitor his development closely and have already invited him back next Easter.  

For more information about ESM programs, contact Virgil Seymour at [email protected]  


Jaccobi Tugman with coach Virgil Seymour.
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