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PRESS RELEASE – Aspiring footballers continue to raise the bar at the Digicel Kickstart Clinic in St Lucia with their movement on and off the ball, precision passing and clinical finishing in front of the goal.
Project Manager for City Football Schools and lead coach for the Digicel Kickstart Clinic, Alan Dixon, said; “The players demonstrated a willing and positive attitude throughout the clinic. They applied themselves well during the practices and showed a desire to improve. They embraced the challenges and their individual creativity shone through.”
West Indies T20 team captain and Digicel Brand Ambassador, Darren Sammy, visited the boys during their training session and was pleasantly surprised with the footballing talent in St. Lucia. He said; “I am truly impressed with what I am seeing. The boys applied themselves as they should, listened keenly to the coaches and showed what they have learnt on the field.”
He continued; “Digicel continues to amaze me with what they are doing in the community. This partnership between Digicel and Manchester City FC is developing young footballing talents and is clearly making a difference in this region. Being a member of the West Indies team, I know first-hand the difference Digicel is making in this region and I applaud them.” Digicel is a proud sponsor of West Indies cricket which created history by winning the ICC World T20 titles with its Under 19s, men’s and women’s teams.
At the end of the two-day clinic, the top three players were selected to represent St. Lucia at the Academy. These players are Jervel Tobierre, Romario Lendor and Tyrone Wynter.
The Digicel Kick Start Clinic programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for thousands of aspiring young footballers. Through the Kickstart Clinics, participants not only learn football skills and technical abilities, but also develop an ethos of professionalism and a good attitude – key attributes of successful people across all walks of life.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After more than 14 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
ABOUT MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier League titles in the last three years (2012, 2014), and five FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of four teams comprising the City Football Group, 13% of which is owned by a Chinese Media Capital-led consortium, and counts New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos among its sister clubs.
Under manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Club plays its domestic and Champions’ League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a world leading first team training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.