The second leg of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics is kicking off on Tuesday, June 9th, in Haiti, and preparation is well under way for the arrival of Head Coach, John Barnes, and his team.
Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haiti Football Association, said today that his team has been working hard to ensure that the Digicel Kick Start Clinics are even bigger and better than last year, when two Haitian footballers were selected by John Barnes to travel to Sunderland AFC. This year, 30 Under 16 players will take part in the Clinics at the National Training Centre in Port-au-Prince.
President Jean-Bart said of the Clinics: “I am confident that you will see many talented players in the Under 16 category. Like many other countries in the Caribbean, football is the most popular sport in Haiti and Digicel is our biggest supporter of the development of the game. Not only does Digicel sponsor the national team, but it also supports the first and second division leagues, as well as our women’s program. Digicel is the most important company in Haiti and we are more than happy to work with it in shaping a solid future for the sport in our country.”
After Haiti, the Digicel Kick Start Clinics head to Trinidad on June 11th and 12th. Oliver Camps, President of the TTFF, said he was very pleased that Digicel was investing in youth development in sport in the Caribbean.
“The Executive Committee of the TTFF is very pleased about the return of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics and we are making every effort to ensure it is a triumph. The Clinics support our youth development program and we would like to commend Digicel for the masterstroke it had in developing these Clinics,” said Camps.
From Trinidad, the Digicel Kick Start Clinics move on to St. Kitts 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.