National U15 footballers train with Celtic FC coaches

As they take their training to a higher level ahead of major competition this summer, members of the Cayman Islands National U15 Boys Football Team are participating in an overseas camp run by Scottish football powerhouse, Celtic FC.

The Celtic Football Club ID Camp is being held 8-12 June at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the site of the CONCACAF U15 Championships later this summer, which the Cayman boys will compete.

This is an invitation-only event and involves field sessions, sports psychology and one-on-one sessions with professional coaches from the Glasgow-based club.

“We hope to get the boys being coached by the highest-level youth coaches, in possibly the world. All of the coaches are qualified [and] certified,” said Bruce Sigsworth, the head coach of the Cayman team.

Bruce Sigsworth

Sigsworth said a big benefit of the camp is the ability to fill a coaching void for a key position. “We also have a goalkeeper coach from Celtic, which is something that’s missing here, that’s in obvious need of improvement here in Cayman. So, that’s going to be good,” he said.

Theo Whiteside is the only goalkeeper among the 16 players attending the camp and his coach said he hopes the young netminder will be able to pass on the tips and techniques learned to others when he returns. In fact, that’s something he hopes all the players will do.

Captain Luke Byles said he expects his teammates to be focused while in Florida and use the opportunity to build better team chemistry. “It needs to get better if we are going to compete [at the CONCACAF Championships],” he said.

That’s something Micah O’Garro agreed with. “I think we will work well together to build chemistry for CONCACAF and the future,” the young defender said.

With the camp being held at the same venue for the major tournament in August, Sigsworth hopes it will help them get settled more easily on the second trip. “We were looking for an opportunity to get the boys on the same fields and in the same environment,” he said.

The coach added that the time together away from home should make the unit tighter. “The whole social dynamics of the team just builds more.”

Also accompanying the team are manager Marilyn Connolly and assistant coach Ian Lindo.

The team returns on Monday and hope to play at least two exhibition matches with visiting sides before the CONCACAF Championships.


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