Phoenix Academy to be doc­u­mented in film

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Gleaner Writer Robert Bailey

A MOVIE pro­duc­tion team from Eng­land is now in the is­land to film a doc­u­men­tary on the Phoenix Foot­ball Academy, led by Craig But­ler.

The crew, which ar­rived in the is­land yes­ter­day, will be con­duct­ing a num­ber of film­ing ses­sions with the Phoenix play­ers and coach­ing staff.

They are also ex­pected to con­duct film­ing in Ger­many, where Phoenix top grad­u­ate Leon Bailey cur­rently plies his trade for Bun­desliga side Bayer Lev­erkusen.

Film­ing is also be­ing planned to take place in Malta, where a num­ber of Phoenix play­ers cur­rently play their foot­ball.

Phoenix founder Craig But­ler said that he is de­lighted with this achieve­ments and he is look­ing for­ward to telling his story to the rest of the world.


“I feel great,” said But­ler. “It’s an hon­our, and it’s about time; the whole world wants to know our story,” he said.

“It’s a mirac­u­lous story about a man and his chil­dren and their dream, and that’s very in­spir­ing, and I be­lieve that the suc­cesses that we have had, the whole world has recog­nised,” But­ler said.

He added: “They are do­ing a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture about the jour­ney of the Phoenix on my­self, Leon, Kyle (But­ler) and Ke­vaughn (Atkin­son) on our jour­ney and all the tri­als that have led to this.

But­ler stated that the doc­u­men­tary will also help to bring a lot of money into the academy cof­fers.

“I am very ex­cited about the prospects of hav­ing our story be­ing told to the world,” he said. “It will gen­er­ate good in­come for us as well. I am very proud of my fam­ily, and I am very proud of Phoenix. And I am very proud of Ja­maica,” But­ler said. “It means that we have es­tab­lished our­selves in the world be­cause we have 17 play­ers now play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in Europe, so I am very happy for the academy,” he noted. The pro­duc­tion team is set to leave the is­land on Novem­ber 7.


Bayer Lev­erkusen’s Ja­maican for­ward Leon Bailey scores dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga match against Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach at the Borus­sia-Park in Moenchenglad­bach, Ger­many, on October 21.

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