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BVIFA ID National Camp deemed a success

-200+ youths turned out to with interest play football
According to a release from the association, “The main object of the event was to try to identify new local talent and attract them to play for the National team from a very young age and keep them until they are eligible to play at the level of the World Cup.” Photo: BVIFA
The football association notes that the numbers would have been three times as much if all interested children were invited but unfortunately they say, FIFA is very strict with reference to national eligibility rules. Photo: BVIFA
The football association notes that the numbers would have been three times as much if all interested children were invited but unfortunately they say, FIFA is very strict with reference to national eligibility rules. Photo: BVIFA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Over 200 children turned out at the National Stadium vying to represent the BVI National team from the under 10 to senior team when the BVI Football Association hosted an event last weekend to attract new talent.

The open day on Friday, February 22, 2019, saw over 80 youngsters attend with Saturday having over 120 young men and women. The event also had in attendance Performance coach Mark Hooks and Champion Sports Director and National head coach Dan Neville, who both flew in for the event.

According to a release from the association, “The main object of the event was to try to identify new local talent and attract them to play for the National team from a very young age and keep them until they are eligible to play at the level of the World Cup.”

FIFA Strict with Requirements

The football association notes that the numbers would have been three times as much if all interested children were invited but unfortunately they say, FIFA is very strict with reference to national eligibility rules.

Coach Dan Neville notes, “With the Talent ID camp now over the BVIFA are delighted to announce the formation of an U21 National side. The U21 team will focus predominantly on the 16-19 age group with the key objective of developing and nurturing the islands best talent in preparation for the National Team. The U21s will also be supplemented with some overage players that have been identified as being of interest to the National team. The group will play two games per month against national league opposition,” he said.

Coach Neville further continued, “We were delighted with the way the Talent ID camp went and were pleased with the variety of talent on show. Since the camp, we have been able to focus more on the formation of the U21 group which will give players time to develop without the pressure of being ready for international football early.”

Prepping from Young Age - BVIFA

The coach said the main focus will be on the under 16-19 age group in preparing them for International football and also ensuring that they keep playing as this is a key drop off age with the life choices away from football.

Coach Neville noted, “The players will train with the full National team twice a week and play fortnightly games as well to supplement their development. We are all really excited with this development and looking forward to getting started.” 

1 Response to “BVIFA ID National Camp deemed a success”

  • ok (25/02/2019, 13:58) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    So has the local talents been identified? Has the parents been contacted? Is this another one of BVIFA opportunity to get out a story and photos to collect monies from the FA?


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