Scotiabank send-off for Valencia-bound duo

October 27th, 2010

Martin Davis (second left), Joan Forrest Henry (second right), director of marketing programmes, Scotiabank, and Kaya Beckford (right) join hands in cutting the cake during a send-off for the boys at ScotiaCentre, downtown Kingston, yesterday. Looking on are Haughton Leslie (left), Davis' stepfather, and Victor Salazar-Chang, president, Taino Trade and Invest Limited, of which the Next Generation Football Camp is a subsidiary. - Ricardo

VICTOR-SALAZAR Chang, principal of The Next Generation Valencia Foot-ball Club (VFC) Camp, has boldly predicted that a Jamaican shall soon don the colours of top Spanish football outfit, Valencia Football Club.

Chang, a native of Valencia, Spain, made the prediction during a send-off for teen football ambassadors Martin Davis and Kaya Beckford, which was hosted by Scotiabank yesterday morning at its downtown headquarters, ScotiaCentre, which lies on the fringes of the seafront at Duke Street.

Scotiabank sponsored the Next Generation VFC Easter Football Camp in Jamaica, from which the youngsters – after excelling – earned a one-week scholarship to the Valencia Football Club Summer Camp this year, where they impressed the coaches at the club in Spain.

Hence, they have been called back to Spain to pursue football training at the club’s youth academies.

“I never expected that any of the kids would go on after the first staging to train in Valencia,” Chang remarked. “The truth is that there is so much natural talent here that we envision Jamaica, through initiatives such as these, dominating in the football arena as they do in other sporting disciplines such as track and field.”

He added: “Ultimately, my personal dream is for a Jamaican to play for Valencia and I believe it will become a reality sooner rather than later.”

Davis, 12, attends St George’s College and has been accepted to the Valencia FC Academy to work with the under-17 second team and begins his semester at the end of October, while Beckford, who attends Glenmuir High, will be joining the E1 Valencia Academy.

At the brief function at ScotiaCentre, the boys were awarded US$1,200 each towards their tuition at the prestigious Caxton College, considered to be one of the best British schools in Spain, with excellent academic results and exceptional educational and sporting facilities.

They were also given gifts, including Scotiabank-branded travel bags; and were congratulated by staff, among them members of the Scotiabank football team, which won the Kingston and St Andrew Business House division one title.

“Scotiabank was exceptionally pleased with the performance of the boys at the Next Generation Valencia FC Easter Football Camp this year, where we awarded them $50,000 each for being selected Most Valuable Players,” noted Joan Forrest Henry, director of marketing programmes, Scotiabank, who cut the send-off football cake with Davis and Beckford.

She added: “It brings tears to my eyes to be part of this dream, which could one day see these boys representing Jamaica in international football.”


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