[April 7, 2012] Close to 300 young footballers received top notch training and exposure at the Next Generation Valencia CF (NGVCF) camp held April 1 – 7 in Kingston and St. Elizabeth from five coaches from the Valencia Football Club of Spain.
The camp, staged with the support of presenting sponsor Scotiabank, was a big success because of the opportunity it presented to boys and girls in the seven to seventeen year old age groups to improve their understanding of and competence at the game.
In addition to learning from coaches from one of the top three teams in Spain, four children received bursaries of $50K for emerging top performers at the camp. The awardees are Jeremy Verley, Dennis Valdez from the 7 – 11 age group category, and Tiffany Robinson and Duvan Duckworth of the 12-17 age group. Jeremy Verley, was chosen as the overall Top Performer of the Next Generation Valencia Football Camp and earned the opportunity to attend the Valencia club’s summer camp in Spain this year.
“Scotiabank has been a sponsor of the camp for the past three years and we are very pleased with its growth and the response of both the parents and youngsters. The reach of the camp was broadened and we are looking forward to the way this investment in sports will return to the individual participants, teams, and Jamaica in the future,” said Monique Todd, Scotiabank’s Vice President, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs.
Coaches from Kingston and St. Elizabeth also got a chance to improve their skills in coaches workshops held March 31 and April 7 respectively. The Kingston camp was held at the UTECH football field, while the St. Elizabeth camp was staged at the BREDS Foundation, Treasure Beach Sports Complex.
As a development exercise with great potential, NGVCF’s technical director Andre Virtue described the camp as a critical stepping stone.
“We have great talent on the island and this programme has helped to harness that talent while fostering discipline, attitude and knowledge of the game. I am very excited about the next step, which will be to establish a year round academy at the University of Technology,” Mr. Virtue said.
The visiting coaches were Juan Vicente Da Silva, Antonio Hernandez, Xavier Gimeno, Alberto Esteves and Alfredo Lopez. One of the key competencies the coaches sought to impart was for each player to learn the importance of playing excellently as part of and in the interest of the team.
This camp was one of several broad reaching and positively impactful contributions made by Scotiabank to nurturing talent and molding young lives through sports. The Group funds the Scotiabank Netball Training Camps and Umpire’s Pathway programmes, the Amateur Tennis Tournament and the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme.
Scotiabank has been in Jamaica since 1889 and is the premier financial institution in the country with just over 2,000 employees and 39 Branches Island wide. Scotiabank is a subsidiary of Scotiabank Group which offers a diverse range of products and services including personal, commercial, and small business banking; wealth management; insurance; and mortgages. The Group is an award winning institution having been named on numerous occasions as the Bank of the Year and Best Bank in Jamaica by international financial publications – the Banker, Latin Finance, Euromoney, and Global Finance magazines. The Scotiabank Group has $332 billion in assets (as at October 31, 2011). For more information please visit www.jamaica.scotiabank.com.
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