As the Digicel Kick Start Series rises to its final stage with the Digicel Kick Start Academy, three young talented St. Lucian footballers will be travelling to Barbados for the opportunity to be trained and coached by Chelsea Football Club coaches this Sunday.
Ridal Stanislaus from Dennery, Luc Millar and Shadrach Henry from Central Castries started this rigorous but amazing football journey with Digicel in August with the 2012 Digicel Junior Soccerama.
At this annual Soccerama, over 150 boys were assessed by a committee headed by St. Lucia Football Association’s, Technical Director Ces Paul on possessing great football skills and discipline for an opportunity to attend a 2 day clinic with legendary Liverpool football player John Barnes.
It was from this clinic that 30 boys were chosen and put through a series of match related drills where they were further assessed on their technical competence, mental and physical capability, team spirit, attitude, discipline level and response to instructions, that these talented and disciplined 3 aspiring footballers were chosen for the Academy.
According to Digicel’s Country Manager Holly McNamara “The Digicel Academy is part of Digicel’s growing commitment in assisting in the development of youth and sport in the Caribbean, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for talented footballers to be coached by world renowned Chelsea Football Club coaches. Opening doors to new possibilities for the youth is a continuing focus of Digicel.”
According to Shadrach Henry, one of the top three chosen youth footballers, “I am so happy that I will be attending this academy in Barbados for the opportunity to improve on my football skills by coaches from a well-known football club. Thanks to Digicel I now have a better opportunity to fulfill my deceased father’s dreams of me becoming a star football player.”
The boys will be accompanied by local coach Mr. Vibert Sonson.