The first day of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics kicked off in Haiti on Monday afternoon, following the arrival of Head Coach John Barnes and his team.
A last minute change of venue and some adverse weather conditions proved challenging, but the 25 energetic and exuberant Under-16 footballers taking part in the Clinics in Haiti, showed great desire and eagerness to learn as much as possible from the first day of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics.
Head Coach John Barnes – with the assistance of an interpreter – said that the first day is critical as you can see the players who really stand out. Barnes said: “Time has not been on our side today and the change in venue was not ideal, but wherever I’ve been on the first day of the Clinics, you can quickly see where the talent is.
“At the second day of training on Tuesday, I’ll be focusing on some technical work and then there’s a friendly match that takes place afterwards, so I’m looking forward to seeing the boys in action.”
The original venue for the Digicel Kick Start Clinics was the National Stadium, but due to protests by university students close to the stadium, the venue and training times were moved to the Sun Auto Football Field.
The Digicel Kick Start Clinics in Haiti draw to a close today, Tuesday, with a match against the Under-16 Haitian club side, Aigle Noir. Next stop for the Digicel Kick Start Clinics is Trinidad on June 11th and 12th before moving on to St. Kitts for the sixth and final Clinics on June 17th and 18th.
At the end of the Clinics in St. Kitts, John Barnes will announce which six talented young footballers will be traveling to Sunderland AFC to spend one week training at the Sunderland Academy of Light.