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Dutch Coaches impressed by talents in the Cayman Islands

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Beverly Melbourne

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Coach Roy Wilhelm
“Cayman has great a future in football, but the best and probably the only way to get there is to develop the talents and not focus on success as success is relatively important, but the development of these talents is the most difficult and significant part of the process.”

Those were the strong words used by Celebrated Dutch Coach Roy Wilhelm who was on the island with his team of PSV Eindhoven coaches conducting the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Dutch training camp recently at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town Grand Cayman.

The camp was well supported by the corporate community, Digicel provided free internet service for the coaches during their stay and hand-outs for the kids, transportation was part sponsored by Eurocar, and refreshment was provided by Bodden Beverage and Cayman Distributors.

Wilhelm, along with four young coaches including a goalkeeper coach worked with one hundred and ten participants of the camp for five days and identified four players who displayed tremendous prospects in their ability to play football. They are Naoki Montoya, Arvid Harris, Reno Jackson and Mathew Sebastian. These players were identified by their speed, technique, intelligence and personality.

According to Wilhelm Sebastian stood out as the best of the younger group and was the most striking player who had the potential to become a professional player. Jackson he stated played like Van Bommel who plays for the Dutch national team: he is a team player who doesn’t hesitate to recover, even with actions close to fouls.

Wilhelm also had a talk with some of the parents as well and said, “It’s hard to compare players of the camp to the players we are looking for in Europe. We select them on based on their Speed, Technique, Intelligence, and Personality. Special interest is paid to the younger players who possess these abilities.”

Wilhelm whose country earned second place in the recent World Cup finals was invited here by the Cayman Islands Football Association for the second time to demonstrate his expertise in coaching youngsters to play football.
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