By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Several of the territory’s Football players based in educational institutions across England, gathered at a camp in Dorset, organized by Technical Director, Dan Neville.
“It’s massively important the Football Association puts on as many as these get together and camps as possible in the run up to the World Cup,” Neville said in a BVI Football Association statement. “With the BVI on virtual shut down at the moment, the group over there will continue with the online program and then as soon as feasible we will hold similar get togethers for them until we can get everyone in one place.”
The get together attracted such players as: Tyler Forbes, Luka Chalwell, Alejandro Santos, Miquel Marshall, Josh Bertie, Jamie Wilson, Jerry Wiltshire, Tosh Gallimore and Charles Medway. They made good use of the Hamworthy F.C. pitch as well as the David Lloyd Fitness Centre in Dorset, UK.
According to the statement, BVIFA president Andy Bickerton was on hand to share the hopes and dreams, not only for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, but also what is being put in place to make sure the strides taken so far do not go to waste and player development continues.
“Our strategic plans, our development plans and all the work going on behind the scenes is attracting attention from a lot of people within football and that recognition is also down to our current crop of national team players as well as those at U17 and U15 levels, who have put in tremendous hard work and effort,” Bickerton stated. “The World Cup group is tough but imagine the benefits of playing Guatemala and using that experience to build to even greater things to come.”
The get together which ends on Sept 4, includes a presentation on the World Cup which will also be shared with the other squad members via zoom, a presentation by a Sports Scientist on game preparation and recovery and a match against a local semi-professional side, Eastleigh Football Club.