The 2014 Digicel Kickstart Academy will include former Chelsea and Portugal defender Paulo Ferreira as part of the program when it kicks off in Jamaica this weekend.
Ferreira was with Chelsea for nine seasons until last year, helping the club win a number of trophies, including the Champions League in 2012 and English Premier League title three times.
He will pass on invaluable knowledge to the aspiring footballers participating in the Academy at Sabina Park in Kingston.
The Academy runs from Saturday until Nov. 2 and will receive talent from 13 countries around the Caribbean, including four from Cayman – Zachary Scott, Kameron D’Hue, Tevin Crawford and Jiffon Robinson.
The clinics will not only provide world-class training but also the opportunity for scholarships.
Ferreira said, “It’s a real thrill for me to be traveling to Jamaica for the Digicel Kickstart Academy and to meet some of the best young footballers in the region.
“The Chelsea Foundation has successfully worked with Digicel to create a clear development pathway for these young players and also for coaches across the region.
“This will ensure the next generation of footballers have an increased opportunity to progress onto the next level.”
Digicel’s James Wynne, said, “Football has a special place in the heart of communities right across the Caribbean and Central America and that is why Digicel has been investing in youth football development since 2007 through the Digicel Kickstart program.
“We are delighted and honored to welcome Chelsea legend Paulo Ferreira to Jamaica to launch our eighth Academy.”