Published on August 18th, 2015 | by kickstartfc0
Following the Barbados Digicel/Chelsea FC football clinic held at the end of March, KickStart’s Brendan Sidaway was amongst those chosen by Academy Head Coach, Mr. David Monk to attend the Caribbean Digicel/Chelsea FC clinic later in the year. In fact, Mr. Monk was so impressed with Sidaway’s performance that he recommended that Brendan apply to Merrist Wood College in Surrey, which works with the Chelsea FC foundation.
Brendan accepted this recommendation and following an application process, Brendan has been offered a place in September in the BTEC Level III Sport course – which he has of course accepted! Brendan left yesterday to Merrist Wood College, with these words for KickStart:
“Thank you for all of the encouragement you have given me since I was four years old. Thank you for also believing in me. KickStart has been great and I have loads of fantastic memories… KickStart has given me a great foundation in football. None of what I’m doing right now would be possible without you. I appreciate everything you have done for me.”
KickStart wishes Brendan all the best and we look forward to welcoming him back over his holidays!
A Bit About Brendan:
Brendan has played and loved football since he could walk and joined Kickstart FC when he was 4 years old. From an early age he said that he was going to be a professional footballer and this is still his dream.
He played for his primary school and then for his secondary school, Queen’s College for five years at Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19 levels. Brendan captained the U.14’s and U.16’s. During the Brewster Trust football camps Brendan was chosen as Most Outstanding Player.
At his club, Kickstart, he was U.13’s and U.15’s captain. He captained the U.13’s on a tour to North Carolina when the club competed in the Score Tournament. This year Kickstart U.19’s won the Barbados Cup competition at Easter and Brendan (15 years old) was awarded ‘Best Midfielder’ of the tournament.
Last year, after four months of intense trials and training Brendan became a National player and represented Barbados at U.17’s World Cup qualifying in the Dominican Republic and then again in Haiti. He is still training with the same team, now as U.20’s.
Over the last two years Brendan has been selected twice by Josh Gillon, (assistant coach at High Point University), as a player with Division 1 potential. In January, Brendan travelled to Greensboro to participate in identification camps and to gain exposure at a higher level.