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BVI’s got talent | Two locals drafted to play schoolboy football in UK

Twelve-year-olds Azarni Callwood and Ryan Lettsome have now relocated to the UK to study and play the sport.

Before being selected, the BVI youngsters went through two levels of trials for the Independent School Football Association in England, a sporting organisation that oversees football in independent schools in the UK.

Azarni’s performance at the trials landed him a spot on the main squad as a left wing/striker.

“Being part of the squad means a lot to me and also means I get seen by other scouts and coaches as well as getting a great experience at a higher level of play,” the young player who attends Bournemouth Collegiate School in England said.

“It’s a very big school and I am still trying to fit in. This is the first term of school and we actually presently have tests with 13 subjects including French and Spanish. The workload is very demanding and I either train or play every day except Mondays when I play either rugby or basketball as well,” he added.

BVI’s got talent, boys a product of territory

Ryan, in the meantime, made the team as a non-travelling reserve. The young centre-back player reportedly told local football officials that he was disappointed not to be selected for the main team but was still pleased to make the reserves. Like Azarni, Ryan sees the opportunity as a chance to show off his skills to UK scouts.

Azarni and Ryan both developed their skills locally.

To that end, President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Andrew Bickerton described the youngsters’ achievement as ‘great news’.

“It demonstrates that the BVIFA’s investment in youth is starting to pay off as both Azarni and Ryan are products of our After-school programme. It goes to show that we have the talent in the BVI if we can provide our youngsters with the opportunity.”

Azarni in action

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  1. Wendy says:

    Nice. Congratulations.
    Let some go!

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  2. Great opportunity says:

    not only the football but the education. good luck, hard work will pay off.

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  3. Dee says:

    Congratulations to these youngsters. Awsome news.

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  4. nalyd says:

    This is really great! exposure and experience. The sky indeed is the limit

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  5. Wow says:

    This is AWESOME!!! Congrats to these young men and hopefully this will open the door for the BVI to forge partnerships with clubs/schools overseas so that other kids can take advantage of such opportunities.

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  6. Mr. Green says:

    What a wonderful experience for these two lads! See, learn, experience this opportunity. You will remember it forever. Best of Luck.

  7. Uncle Buck says:

    Keep working hard and focus on the goal. As Sir Alex Ferguson said of C Ronaldo, “Talent is nothing without an incredible amount of hard work.”

    These boys have got their foot in the door and I wish them all the best for their future. It would be a day to remember and cherish to see two lads from Tortola playing football in England’s top flight league!

  8. Nice says:

    Wonderful. So proud of you both!!!!

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