Six Caribbean players head to the City Football Academy


January 05, 2016
@Normal:The players of the 2015 the Digicel Kickstart Academy pose for a team photo at Sabina Park recently.

The Digicel Kickstart programme is giving aspiring young footballers the opportunity of a lifetime to fly to England where they will visit Manchester City Football Club and their home ground, the Etihad Stadium.

While there, they will train with and learn from some of the best players and coaches in the world at the Club's elite training and youth development facility, the City Football Academy.

The Digicel Kickstart Clinics and Academy provide a way for young footballers to improve and hone their footballing skills and talents, while building character both on and off the pitch.

another journey

The academy, which was held at Sabina Park in Jamaica last October, brought together the top 30 boys from across the Caribbean to receive world-class training from City Football Schools' coaches with the top six boys from the academy now embarking on another journey a week- long visit to Manchester City to train with the best in their age group.

The footballers selected are among the best the Caribbean has to offer and were handpicked by Manchester City coaches.

The six players jetting off to Manchester are Akeem Robotham, Alain Skerritt and Maliek Howell from Jamaica, and Elihaj Shade, Jon Paul Rochford and Tyrell Emmanuel from Trinidad and Tobago.

The boys will watch one of the best fixtures in the Barclays Premier League Manchester City versus Everton.

This entire experience will be captured by Digicel SportsMax and shared via 30-minute programmes on the channel.

"Ensuring young people have the opportunity to achieve their goals on and off the pitch is a key objective for the club, and knowing Digicel share our commitment to youth development makes them an ideal partner," Group Commercial Director of City Football Marketing, Omar Berrada, said.

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