Foreign coaches to scout soccer talent this weekend
Director of Admission at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Lawrence Sampleton, and Bobby Murphy, Head Coach for soccer, will be in town this weekend to view the talent of our young soccer players. On Saturday, the Bahamas Football Association(BFA)will host two exhibition games that will give Sampleton and Murphy an opportunity to see exactly what level players in The Bahamas are on. According to BFA General Secretary Lionel Haven, scholarship opportunities could be available.
The St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is located in Austin, Texas. The boarding institute has been the home for top national team players like Justin Sealey and Terry Delancey. Haven is hoping that many other Bahamians will be awarded the opportunity to attend.
“They have a wonderful athletic and academic program where the kids can develop fully,”said Haven.”The kids who are there, or graduated from there, have fit into their program well. We have developed a nice relationship with them. This is a school where we have a couple of kids there. A couple of kids have also graduated from that school. Justin Sealey graduated from there last year. Sealey played soccer and is now attending the University of North Carolina. Lynden Pindling graduated from there, but he played baseball and not soccer. Sampleton and Murphy will get an opportunity to observe the players in game competition. We are also inviting all the kids and their parents on Sunday to listen to the presentation,”he added.
Members of the boys and girls under-17 national training teams will play in the exhibition games. The girls game will start at 5:00 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be played at the Roscow A.L. Davies Field, located at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
A presentation will be held on Sunday, at 5:00 p.m., by Sampleton and Murphy at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. An invitation is being extended by the BFA to all current soccer players, especially those wanting to learn the game. Parents are also welcomed to attend.
There are currently more than 30 Bahamian soccer players competing at the high school and collegiate levels. Leslie St. Fleur leads the charge for professional soccer players.