THE 2013 DIGICEL CHELSEA FOOTBALL ACADEMY LAUNCHES IN BARBADOS
Chelsea Foundation coaches are putting 39 of the best young talents from across the Caribbean through their paces in a week-long training camp in Barbados this week.
The boys, who come from 11 countries across the region, have been handpicked by Foundation coaches and are finding out what life is like as a Chelsea Academy prospect as they complete morning and afternoon sessions at the famous cricket ground, the Kensington Oval, ending with a tournament on Saturday.
Chelsea Foundation's international development manager, Ian Woodroffe, said: 'On behalf of the Chelsea FC Foundation, we are delighted to be joining with Digicel again in the second year of our three-year partnership.
'For our part, even over the course of one year, we have seen real development in the focus on football in the region and that is what makes it worthwhile for us. This region is brimming with talent, and together with Digicel, we want to make sure the structure is there for these potential stars of the future to get noticed.'
Digicel and Chelsea first started working together in 2012, when Michael Essien, Yossi Benaoun and club ambassador Graeme Le Saux joined Foundation coaches and local kids at a Digicel Kick Start clinic in Miami, Florida. For more information, please visit digicelfootball.com.
Pictured below is senior international football development officer of the Chelsea FC Foundation, David Monk, sharing a light moment with the Barbados Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, and Digicel Barbados commercial director, Alex Tasker.