Visit to Jost Van Dyke football progamme leaves BVIFA Technical Director and Coach impressed

Youths in the Jost Van Dyke football programme managed by Darren Jones. Photo: BVIFA

BVI Football Association’s Technical Director, Dan Neville and Coach, Clinton “Tinnie” Percival came away from a visit to the Football programme on Jost Van Dyke on Thursday 10th December extremely impressed with the enthusiasm for the game shown by the youths as well as the efforts being made on their behalf by Coach Darren Jones.

With just over 400 inhabitants on Jost Van Dyke, Coach “Tinnie” was moved by how many of the youths were there to greet them. “It was a real eye opener for me to see the enthusiasm of the kids as they saw our vehicle arrived at the training ground and to have nearly 20 youths showing up and wanting to play the game of football really moved me in ways I couldn’t imagine,” he beamed.

After putting the players through some technical drills, Coach Tinnie also commented on how impressed he was with the standard. “I can assure you that with constant training and support I can see some very good players emerging to represent the Virgin Islands at some level. I must give mention to the coaches and Darren, in particular, for the tremendous work he’s doing to help develop the talent there.”

TD, Neville said “it was great to visit Jost Van Dyke today and see firsthand the excellent work Darren Jones is doing for young players on the island.”

Neville was also happy to announce that with what he saw, two players have been invited to training at the BVIFA Talent BVI program.

“The aim of the BVIFA is to bring the game of football to as many of the Sister Islands as possible and to do that we need reliable, enthusiastic staff and Darren is doing a great job in motivating young players on JVD,” concluded Neville.