Montserratian trio amongst 24 players identified in Antigua university combine
Published on 19 November 2019
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (December 4, 2019) – Three Montserratians are included in a list of 24 student athletes receiving the nod from Hartpury College and University coaches Christopher Knowles and Marc Richards and Kettering Town FC Coach Steven Kinninburg following a November 25-28, 2019 ID Combine in St. John’s, Antigua.
Six players from the Emerald Isle journeyed to Antigua for the four-day event, which attracted male and a smattering of female footballers amounting to around 125.
Between both institutions, the Hartpury coaches identified 17 players whom they believe could have futures with them, and Kettering Town listed 13. Six players appear on both lists, which also includes a sole female.
Generation Next FC President Richard Santos, who launched the initiative in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, asked that the names of the selected players not be disclosed to allow the time and process to determine if they meet the academic requirements. Once this verification period is done, the institutions will make official scholarship offers, followed by a public announcement.
While the initiative originated in the twin-island state, the principals invited the football associations of neighboring islands to, at their own costs, send eligible players to participate.
The organizers scheduled a second phase of the combine for January. Coaches from William Penn University in Iowa, Holy Cross Notre Dame College in Indiana and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas will put student-athletes through their paces.