Attendees of the VSADC Youth Academy are making waves in the school football system both in Saint Lucia and in the United Stated. VSADC Youth Academy attendees Akil Gabriel, Giovanni Saltinus and Meshema Charles were recently celebrated by their respective schools for their achievements on the field of play.
Giovanni Saltibus first joined the VSADC Academy at the age of five (5) years and has been a member of the VSADC Youth Academy from its inception. Despite being diminutive in stature Giovanni currently captains the club’s U 17 team and is a starting center back for the U19 team. At the recently held St. Mary’s College sports award ceremony Giovanni was voted as senior footballer of the year at the prestigious academy institution. Akil Gabriel who also attends St. Mary’s College is a speedy and skillful winger and a member of the VSADC U15 and U 17 teams. Akil joined the VSADC Youth Academy at the age of nine (9) and he made it a clean sweep for the VSADC Youth Academy when he was named the most outstanding junior player at St Mary’s College during the same award ceremony. Unfortunately, Akil’s season has been cut short by injury and so he is unable to represent his school and his club during the current inter secondary school tournament and the Castries Youth League.
Further afield another VSADC Youth Academy graduate Mesehma Charles who migrated to the United States was recently name Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co – Rookie of Week. Meshema who is originally from Marchand was the Academy’s very first goal keeper is now a goal scoring freshman forward at Berkeley College in the US. In action last week Meshema scored a game winner which was a part of a hart trick on four (4) shots as his Knights won by 4 goals to 2 over Vaughn in conference play. His team the Berkeley College Knights have so far won eight (8) matches in the season, with four (4) losses and one (1) drawn match.
The management, coaches, parents and attendees of the VSADC Youth Academy wish to congratulate Giovanni, Akil and Meshema on their accomplishments and hope that they continue to excel both on and off the field.