Digicel, MVP host clinic to develop young athletes

September 29, 2016
These students watch as a fellow colleague makes an attempt at the high jump. Contributed
This young athlete practices her hurdling during the first Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics clinic which was held at the Morant Bay High School. Contributed

One hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic.

The first of the five clinics was held at the Morant Bay High School on Saturday, September 24, where youngsters from schools from the county of Surrey underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.

"Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Development programmes such as the MVP Clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage," said Danielia McLean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.

Students were taken through six disciplines in track and field, sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance and jumps in sessions led by Paul Francis, Linval Swaby and Shanikie Osbourne.

"The idea is that through this programme, students and their coaches are introduced to world- class training methods. Additionally, they are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before, " said Bruce James, president of MVP.

The clinic will in the next two weeks head to Vere and St Elizabeth Technical high schools after which a number of the top performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine.

At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.

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