Former professional footballer Cláudio Garcia is joining the coaching staff at Excel Sports Management.

Former professional footballer Cláudio Garcia has made the move to the Cayman Islands to join the coaching staff at Excel Sports Management Ltd., where he will work with some of the territory’s most promising young players.

Garcia played professionally in Portugal until an injury turned his career toward coaching. He is a qualified coach, holding a UEFA B license, and brings more than five years of professional academy coaching experience to his new role.

“We’re thrilled to be able to attract a quality coach like Coach Cláudio. Our young footballers stand to benefit from his expertise. He will also be able to pass on firsthand knowledge of what it takes to succeed on the pitch as a player,” said ESM founder and director Virgil Seymour.

Garcia said he is excited to work with the players of ESM and said he already sees an abundance of talent and possibilities within Cayman’s footballing community.

“There is so much raw talent on the island. I’m impressed with the boys and girls I have seen playing the game here. I am looking forward to helping them fulfill their true potential,” the coach said.

He will work together with Adam Clark, who also holds a UEFA B license, and has been coaching at ESM since 2017.

Garcia and Clark will lead ESM’s Mid-Term Football Camp from Oct. 22-26 at the Academy Sports Club field off Outpost Street, George Town. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon for the week, and is open to children ages six to 13. The cost is $150 and includes a T-shirt, lunch and snacks. Registration can be done via the link available on www.facebook.com/esmcayman.