Securing the goal

The head coach of the national Under-15 boys’ football team is pleased with the overall progress the squad is making as they prepare for next summer’s CONCACAF U15 Championships but feels they may be vulnerable in goal because of a lack of depth. With that being the case, they’re seeking to attract more youngsters to the national programme.

In that vein, a special clinic was held last Saturday, 15 October at the CIFA Field in Prospect as a way of adding depth to the squad at that position. Invitations were sent to various clubs to send players.

“We did a goalkeeper clinic specifically to see what talent is out there and see where we can increase our pool with the national team training squad, also to interest the goalkeepers,” Bruce Sigsworth said.

Finn Millward is one of the two regular keepers.

Finn Millward is one of the two regular keepers.

In addition to the two net minders training with the squad for some time – Finn Millward and Jelani Morrison – four other keepers attended under the watchful eyes of Sigsworth and assistant coach Ian Lindo. In all, Academy Sports Club, Sunset FC, Bodden Town FC and Cayman Athletic were represented by keepers.

Sigsworth said the aim is to add at least two more to the training squad and he identified two who caught the coaches’ eyes. “One is a really young fella Caleb [Winspear] and the other is Liam Walton. They have come to us with obvious natural ability. Not that the others don’t have talent as well. They all possess some attributes but those two stand out,” he said.

He explained that part of the issue in getting quality keepers is a lack of position-specific coaching for those standing between the pipes. “[They’re] very good overall but you could see where unfortunately we don’t do enough but you could see that with coaching, development could happen.”

Young keepers got their skills tested at the clinic.

Young keepers got their skills tested at the clinic.

The coach said there is still room for other young keepers born between 2002 and 2004 to try out for the squad. They can contact Sigsworth on 925-3323 Bruce or the CIFA Secretariat on 949-5775.

“We would be happy to have them. We would invite them in; see what level they are; see how comfortably they fit in with us and see how comfortable we are with them over a six-week period,” Sigsworth said.

The squad trains Thursday evenings at the CIFA Field.

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