A Caymanian teenager so impressed coaches from Chelsea Football Club at a football camp in Jamaica that they voted him the Most Valuable Player out of 42 boys from all over the Caribbean there.
Kameron D’Hue, 16, was voted the MVP at the camp out of players from 13 countries last week. Cayman Islands youth football is on par with the rest of the Caribbean judging by how well the other Caymanians did at the Digicel Kickstart Academy in Kingston.
They were Zachary Scott, 16 – who recently joined the Chelsea Foundation School in the U.K. – Jiffon Robinson, 14, and Tevin Crawford, 16.
The week-long camp at the University of the West Indies Mona Sports Complex is organized annually around the Caribbean between Digicel and Chelsea youth coaches to develop talent.
All 42 players were selected by the Chelsea coaches at camps in their homeland earlier this year.
Former Chelsea full-back Paulo Ferriera, who won every accolade with the club including a Champions League medal, attended the camp and passed on tips.
Last year’s MVP received a football scholarship to attend Cave Hill in Barbados.
D’Hue is a center-back with Future Sports Club in West Bay under technical director Roy “Huta” Ebanks.
D’Hue hopes will boost his chances of gaining a football scholarship in the United States or England.
He is a student at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre studying sports and leisure, English and mechanical engineering.
His strategy to stand out was simply to take the initiative because the others in his group were just as talented, he said, but shy and quiet.
“I noticed from watching top level football on TV that the players talk between themselves constantly,” D’Hue said. “So I decided to adopt a leadership role and started talking and got noticed.”
He said that he learned immensely from the coaches, particularly how to build chemistry with teammates and how to adjust to kids from different backgrounds.
He added that he also became aware that he should not pre-judge ability merely by size and shape.
“You look at a lot of boys there and some are so small and skinny you wouldn’t think they could even last in the primary school league, but they were amazing.”
Winning this competition has inspired D’Hue, who unswervingly believes he can become a world-class professional. “For me to beat 42 other players is something really amazing,” he said. “Not meaning to toot my own horn, but anyone who gets the MVP at this sort of camp must have talent.”
Brian Hurley, Digicel’s commercial director, said, “We were delighted when we heard that Kameron D’Hue was awarded MVP at the Digicel Kick Start Academy last week. “It serves as a testament to the quality of football training and development that young Caymanians receive here.
“Each of the four boys have set an example of what any young Caymanian can do when they put their mind to it and we are extremely proud of them.”