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Five VI footballers receive scholarships to play, study in UK

Five VI footballers receive scholarships to play, study in UK

Five young footballers from the Virgin Islands (VI) have received scholarships to study at Weymouth on the South Coast of the United Kingdom at the Champion Academy to play U23 football and study an extended Sports Diploma and then an HNC in Sports Management.

The five players are Levon Williams, Mekhi Waters, Sheldon Toney, Justin Smith and Quelahni Nickie arrived at their lodgings on Friday September 23, 2022, according to the British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA).

The five, all of whom have transitioned through the FA’s various school and youth programs as well as local National League teams, such as VG United, have also represented the Territory at Age Group Competitions and made full senior National squads, including debuts in World Cup qualifiers and CONCACAF Nations League matches

The five, all of whom have transitioned through the FA’s various school and youth programs as well as local National League teams, such as VG United, have also represented the Territory at Age Group Competitions and made full senior National squads, including debuts in World Cup qualifiers and CONCACAF Nations League matches.


Opportunities through partnerships


BVIFA said the pathway, which will further their academic success off the field and their abilities on it, has been created by the FA in partnership with the H.O. Creque Educational Foundation administered by the Rotary Club of Tortola, Unite BVI Foundation, and Oil Nut Bay Resort

The HNC in Sports Coaching and Development gives learners the knowledge and skills necessary to work as professionals within the sector.

This HNC includes an embedded, stand-alone, industry-recognized Professional Development Award in Sports Coaching.

The topics at the school will cover range from human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to sports coaching, sports development, and professional practice — including research skills.

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