It has been football fever in Antigua & Barbuda for the past few months especially with our most recent World Cup Qualifier 2014 matches against USA and Jamaica. It is with all this excitement, love and passion for the game that the Generation Next Football Club is doing all it can to take football to the next level here in Antigua & Barbuda.
Ricky Santos (Co-Founder) and his team have been tirelessly speaking with international football clubs all over the world to offer training clinics, camps and scholarship opportunities to young players and coaches here.
Lee Bennett and Mark Charlesworth UEFA Level III coaches from the Bolton Wanderers Football Club were here for the launch of Generation Next Football Club on Monday June 25th, 2012 and they’ve also been conducting a week-long coaching session and football clinic for members of the club. The football clinic was opened to all members of the public from ages 5 to 18 with two sessions per day at the St. Anthony’s Secondary School playing field. The sessions included both physical and in class clinics covering:
- Sports psychology
- Goal settings
- Player profiling
- Self Assessment
- Diet & Nutrition and much more
The coaches expressed that Bolton Wanderers is honoured to be working with Generation Next Football Club. Both coaches were overwhelmed by the receptiveness and response from the kids and the local coaches. The main objective of the program is to provide the skills and training to both players and coaches and Bolton Wanderers has made the commitment to continuously work along with Generation Next to help build the player’s skills and the program itself.
Sporting their new gear with the Generation Next and Bolton Wanderers logos the excitement was very evident amongst the young players especially about the opportunity to make the list of 20 who will visit the Bolton Wanderers Youth Club next summer and the possible hopes of receiving football scholarships. At the end of the football clinic all players will receive a certificate of participation.
Co-Founder of Generation Next Football Academy Vernon “Epilus” Edwards Jr. says that they are very happy with the response and there are plans for Stoke City FC to visit in the future. He stated that the long-term goal of Generation Next is to build players’ skills set and to provide opportunities for young players on an international level.
For both coaches this is their first trip to Caribbean and they’ve been enjoying themselves immensely as much as they can in between the training sessions. They both joked about going home with an awesome tan and they are looking forward to visit Antigua & Barbuda for leisure very soon in the near future with their families.
On Wednesday evening we had the pleasure of hosting the Bolton Wanderers coaches and members of Generation Next Football Club for dinner at the Bay House Restaurant. As always the Trade Winds Hotel and Bay House Restaurant is honoured to be working along with Teddy and his team at Generation Next Football Club as they continue to build the love, passion and opportunities in football for our youths.