The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Aspir­ing foot­ballers con­tinue to raise the bar at the Dig­i­cel Kick­start Clinic with their move­ment on and off the ball, pre­ci­sion pass­ing and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing in front of the goal – leav­ing the Manch­ester City FC coaches and West Indies T20 Cap­tain, Dar­ren Sammy, pleased with their per­for­mance.

Project Man­ager for City Foot­ball Schools and lead coach for the Dig­i­cel Kick­start Clinic, Alan Dixon, said, “The play­ers demon­strated a will­ing and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude through­out the clinic. They ap­plied them­selves well dur­ing the prac­tices and showed a de­sire to im­prove. They em­braced the chal­lenges and their in­di­vid­ual cre­ativ­ity shone through.”

West Indies T20 team cap­tain and Dig­i­cel Brand Am­bas­sador Dar­ren Sammy vis­ited the boys dur­ing their train­ing ses­sion and was pleas­antly sur­prised with the foot­balling ta­lent in Saint Lucia. He said, “I am truly im­pressed with what I am see­ing. The boys ap­plied them­selves as they should, lis­tened keenly to the coaches and showed what they have learnt on the field.

“Dig­i­cel con­tin­ues to amaze me with what they are do­ing in the com­mu­nity. This part­ner­ship be­tween Dig­i­cel and Manch­ester City FC is de­vel­op­ing young foot­balling tal­ents and is clearly mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in this re­gion. Be­ing a mem­ber of the West Indies team, I know first-hand the dif­fer­ence Dig­i­cel is mak­ing in this re­gion and I ap­plaud them.”

Dig­i­cel is a proud spon­sor of West Indies cricket which cre­ated his­tory by win­ning the ICC World T20 ti­tles with its Un­der 19s, men’s and women’s teams.

At the end of the two-day clinic, the top three play­ers were se­lected to rep­re­sent Saint Lucia in May at the City Foot­ball Academy in Manch­ester. Th­ese play­ers are Jervel To­bierre, Ro­mario Len­dor and Ty­rone WIn­ter.

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.

Dig­i­cel is the lead spon­sor of Caribbean, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Pa­cific sports teams, in­clud­ing the Spe­cial Olympics teams through­out th­ese re­gions. Dig­i­cel spon­sors the West Indies cricket team and is also the ti­tle spon­sor of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pa­cific, Dig­i­cel is the proud spon­sor of sev­eral na­tional rugby teams and also spon­sors the Van­u­atu cricket team.

Dig­i­cel runs a host of com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tives across its mar­kets and has set up Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tions in Haiti, Ja­maica, Pa­pua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and so­cial de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

Manch­ester City FC is an English Premier League club whose roots be­gan in East Manch­ester in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gor­ton. It of­fi­cially be­came Manch­ester City FC in 1894 and went on to win the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup, four League Cham­pi­onship ti­tles, in­clud­ing two Premier League ti­tles in the last three years (2012, 2014), and five FA Cups. Manch­ester City FC is one of four teams com­pris­ing the City Foot­ball Group, 13% of which is owned by a Chi­nese Me­dia Cap­i­tal-led con­sor­tium, and counts New York City FC, Mel­bourne City FC and Yoko­hama F-Mari­nos among its sis­ter clubs.

Un­der man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini, the Club plays its do­mes­tic and Cham­pi­ons’ League home fix­tures at the Eti­had Sta­dium, a spec­tac­u­lar 55,000 seat arena that City has called home since 2003. To­day, the sta­dium sits on the wider Eti­had Cam­pus which also en­com­passes the City Foot­ball Academy, a world lead­ing first team train­ing and youth de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity lo­cated in East Manch­ester. Fea­tur­ing a 7,000 ca­pac­ity Academy Sta­dium, the City Foot­ball Academy is also where Manch­ester City Women’s Foot­ball Club and the Elite De­vel­op­ment Squad train on a daily ba­sis and play their com­pet­i­tive home games.

Ty­rone Win­ter, Jervel To­bierre and Ro­mario Len­dor with Alan Dixon, Lead Coach for the Kick­start Clinic, and fel­low Manch­ester City Coaches.

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