BVIFA National U15 Boys’ team ready for St Maarten

By the BVI Football Association

The BVIFA National U15 Boys’ team will participate in the inaugural Soualiga Championship, St Maarten from June 2-4, 2017. Photo: BVIFA

The BVIFA National U15 Boys’ team has been hard at training at least three times a week, including playing practice matches against senior opposition and is now ready to depart for St Maarten next week to participate in the inaugural Soualiga Championship.

Teams also taking part include Anguilla, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, Martinique and the USVI.

The full squad includes: Ikyjah Williams, Giovanni Grant, Jalen Prentice, Jhamal Prentice, Guillaume Parkins, Alejandro Santos, Shamoi Dore, Marcus Butler, Miquel Marshall, Justin Smith, Sheldon Harry, Luca Reich, Mekhi Walters, Luka Chalwell, Jerell Frederick and Kahil Farrington.

The BVIFA Technical Director, Marcos Falopa, has been in charge of the training along with Assistant Coach, Richie Morton and so far, has been happy with the progress of the squad and is quietly confidant.

“Our target at the Tournament is to see how the Boys will take the training into competitive match situations and show how much they have learned. We will be looking for technical and tactical improvements from the team and, of course, have to decide what system works best for the BVI. We will let the boys play to their own style and comfort on the ball, but also try to play in spaces and develop their team work.”

Falopa stops short of how far the team will reach at the tournament, but is very keen to see improvements in all aspects. “If just one or two players show they are learning new things and put them into practice, then we are on the right path.” he said.

The tournament which runs from June 2-4, 2017, is hosted by the St Maarten Football Association and will be followed by the CONCACAF U15 Championship in August 2017 at the IMG Academy in Florida.

“Another important reason to put in a good performance is that we will be heading off to Florida to compete against the best from our region, so St Maarten will be the ideal preparation for our boys,” said Falopa.

The tournament, which will take place from August 13-19, is expected to include a record number of youth players from CONCACAF’s member associations in a competition format designed to provide valuable experience. All 40 eligible CONCACAF member associations are expected to participate.

IMG Academy sits on more than 550 acres and features more than 20 multi-sport fields, 50 tennis courts, a 5,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium, two 10,000+ square foot weight rooms and residential halls and accommodations for athletes and guests. The IMG campus provides an ideal all-around environment for CONCACAF’s under-15 teams to train and perform.

In addition to providing a world-class venue, IMG Academy will also offer training and development programming for the athletes, coaches and referees. Programming could include coaching education, athlete leadership development, referee development and cognitive and visual perception training.