Premier Skillz Training Systems out of New Providence, The Bahamas, travelled and competed over the recent Thanksgiving weekend.
Competing in the 2018 PSG Thanksgiving Classic in Plantation, Florida, USA, Premier Skillz entered three teams – under-11, under-12 and under-14.
The under-11 team won their age group, beating the host PSG Plantation in the tournament’s final.
The under-12 team, which played in the highly competitive silver bracket, lost in their final game but came home with the silver medal.
The under-14 team, which returned to the tournament as champions from a year ago, was unable to recapture their remarkable form. They were eliminated in the group competition.
This marked the fourth tournament in the United States that Premier Skillz entered teams. From those four tournaments, the organization brought back four medals – two gold and two silver.
Premier Skillz is a local soccer school consisting of a fusion of Happy Hall’s Skillz Soccer School and Dean Jacobs’ Premier Elite Academy. The two football factories came together in 2017 to create a more competitive environment. They have since reaped the rewards. The main aim of the training program is said to be youth development.
President and Technical Director Dean Jacobs said: “These international trips can be seen as successful in so many ways. Aside from the victories on the field and tournament championships, there are so many other successes as a very small group from The Bahamas. On these international trips, these players accept new responsibilities and grow so much mentally, socially and physically throughout the four days, hopefully setting them up for greater things further down in life. I think it’s a beautiful thing to bring players together from different demographics and parts of Nassau for a long weekend of football, growth and fun, and I’d be lying if I said coming back as tournament champions wasn’t a huge unexpected bonus. We’d like to thank all who helped support and make this happen including the positive support from the BFA (Bahamas Football Association) with whom these kids play successfully on Saturdays. We look forward to another positive trip in the new year.”
In the early stages, a goal in an international tournament would have been considered a success, with travel dating back as early as 2012. Since then, goals have been elevated, with the organization now hoping for positive results and multiple gold medals.