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From left: Chief Executive Director of the Barbados Soccer Academy, Jabez Bovell; Youth Development Co-ordinator of Houston Dynamo, Michael Fasching; and Head Coach of Houston Dynamo, Gary Hamilton at yesterday’s media briefing at Coconut Court Beach Hotel.


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Houston Dynamo scouting for talent in Barbados


STARTING today, many of the island’s young footballers will be given an opportunity to make the right moves and put themselves in a strong position to secure a future playing in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS).

The MLS team, Houston Dynamo, will be hosting a training camp throughout this week which will mainly be aimed at scouting talent, as it has become apparent that as of late Barbados has become a large pool on untapped talent.

Players aged five up to twenty-two will today be able to register for a spot in the island’s first ever MLS camp which is being held at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus’ Paradise Park in Lazaretto.

The camp, which is being hosted by the Barbados Soccer Academy, is expected to run each day until this Friday. Coaches from the Houston Dynamo’s Youth Academy will taking the participants in the camp through the paces and showing them what it takes to be a professional footballer, while at the same time keeping an eye out for any players that would seem to be a good bet and shows the potential that they are looking for to groom world class players.

Speaking at yesterday’s press conference at Coconut Court Beach Hotel, Youth Co-ordinator of the Major League club Michael Fasching told members of the media that the club’s youth arm’s mandate was one that paid particular attention to the development of players so that they could be afforded the best opportunities available to them.

“We try to create a situation where they have the opportunity to work with our academy and eventually sign a professional contract with Houston Dynamo. That is our ultimate goal. We also provide all our players with the opportunity – if not a professional contract – to study at a university in the United States,” Fasching added, in an effort to allow the Barbadian public to be aware of the stake his club was placing in Barbados.

Chief Executive Director of the Barbados Soccer Academy Jabez ‘Jack’ Bovell noted that the camp was conceptualised as part of a strategy to ensure that the not-so-academically inclined talented players would be given an equal opportunity at a bite at the apple to play in a professional league.

Noting that since the academy’s start in 2004 close to 20 scholarships had been secured for local players over the years, Bovell stated he was pleased that an opportunity had been raised for others to be given a chance to play the sport they loved for a livelihood. He went on to mention that the cost of undertaking the camp proved to be challenging but, through corporate assistance, it has become a reality.

“This is very expensive and that is why we appreciate the contribution of Coconut Court Beach Hotel. ...We also have assistance from Courtesy Rentals, but still we have some expenses and we are hoping that other parties would get on board, that the government would get on board, the Barbados Football Association would get on board, in order to help develop a solid youth programme for the betterment of Barbados’ football.”

At a fee of $200, each camper will receive a jersey and football emblazoned with the Houston Dynamo branding as part of their registration package.

From today until Friday, the camp will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (MP)

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