This summer will be a very different one for several young and aspiring national female footballers, who will be thousands of miles away from home.
Britney Gregory out of Felicity Road in Glendevon, St. James, will be among the more than dozen Under-14 ladies, getting off to the Asian country, China, where they will spend two months participating in a development camp under the watchful eyes of key instructors from that country.
The soft-spoken twelve year-old Gregory, who has an eye for the sport, said she is “delighted with the opportunity”.
“I’m looking forward to it. I hope it is all I envisioned and at the end of the day, I will come back a much better player, rounded… I look forward to the training and learning lots of new things,” she told the Western Mirror.
A versatile player who heads the ball powerfully, Gregory also possesses the capability of scoring goals, and has been representing her school for more than three years in the VMBS Under-13, captaining them in the last two.
She was one of eight (8) girls to have participated in the recently held competition, and she credits her grandmother as her rock and main supporter.
“I don’t know where I would be without her, she is my strength. She attends all my games and encourages me even when I’m not having a good game. Two months away from her will be a long time, but she is happy for me and wants me to go there and do my best so, I’m looking forward to it,” Gregory said.
Gregory, who will be attending the famed Montego Bay High School this September, is a fast learner and a talented all-round athlete who also represented her primary school in Basketball, Netball and Track and Field.
She began her journey on Saturday night, June 29, departing the Sangster’s International Airport.
The initiave is an arrangement between the Governments of China and Jamaica for the continued development of young players.