Screen_Shot_2014-01-22_at_8.08.23_PMThe Orange Walk Football Association today launched its Youth Academy that will focus on training youth of all ages on the do’s and don’ts of football and well, how to become one of the best professional football players in the country and quite possibly internationally. That’s the dream, according to District Chairman Rafael Avila.

Rafael Avila – District Chairman, OW Football Association

“The children need to have a school where they can improve on their talents, it is very important that the children from a very young age they learn how to kick the ball, how to control the ball, how to put in the ball in the goal and everything so it is very important for children to develop their skills at this early age and then only as the time goes by improve and become professional athletes.  One of the key factors in the school is to have discipline so by children having the right discipline they can eventually go to a higher levels and become the professional that is required from them.”


The Academy has been made possible with the assistance of FIFA which gave the Association funds to start the classes.


Rafael Avila – District Chairman, OW Football Association

“Today initially we launching what is the U13 age group and tomorrow we will be having the U15 age group and Friday we are going to have the U17 age group and then on Saturday we are going to have the festival with the grass roots and the younger children up to twelve years old.”


Today marked the launch of the Academy and the training held at the People’s Stadium will be followed by others for the under fifteen and seventeen players for the rest of the week.


Rafael Avila – District Chairman, OW Football Association

“I just want to thank the Play Big Foundation who has help us tremendously by donating ball, cones, bibs for our use and we ask the general public, the private sector out there to come on-board and help us to make this talent school to make this Youth Academy work here in the district because the beneficiaries will be our children, our youths here in the district.”


The festival scheduled for Saturday will kick off at eight thirty in the morning to midday. Classes will be held every week thereafter at Chapel’s School, Louisiana Government School and at the People’s Stadium for girls.

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