Monday 4th April, 2016 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: The second instalment of the Digicel Kickstart Clinic got off to an exciting start in the Turks and Caicos lslands as the players were put through high intensity training sessions hosted by youth football coaches from Manchester City FC.
The players were eager to develop their talent as they stepped on to the field at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales, and that they did as they were put through their paces by the Manchester City coaching team, which is being led by Alan Dixon, Project Manager for City Football Schools back in Manchester.
Commenting on the overall performance of the boys, Alan said; “It was great to see the boys apply themselves in the practices and to see how motivated they were to improve in every session.”
The sessions being delivered focus on putting players in realistic game situations to challenge their decision-making abilities during the game. Alan added; “It was encouraging to see the boys embrace the practices and to watch their confidence grow as they performed. By the second day, we saw more of their creativity and personality come out and they were able to really express themselves on the pitch.”
At the end of the Clinic, three successful boys were selected by the coaches to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands at the Digicel Academy: 14 year old Junior Paul, 15 year old Patrick Alouidor and 16 year old Mackensen Cadet. Commenting on the selectees, Alan said; “The boys performed at a high level both on and off the field, they did their best to take on every challenge presented to them by the coaches and possess the qualities we think will help them to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands well at the next stage of the Digicel Kickstart Academy.”
At last year’s Digicel Academy, the MCFC coaches selected players from the Caribbean to continue training with them for a week at their City Football Academy, Manchester City’s elite training and youth development facility in Manchester, England. While there, they got a unique opportunity to experience life as a professional footballer – learning the tactics and strategies employed by Manchester City FC first team players.
The Digicel Kickstart 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.