Calvin Ayre renders support to the 2nd Annual University ID Combine

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The Calvin Ayre Foundation is proud to continue its support of a program that offers Antigua and Barbuda’s student athletes the chance to pursue higher education at prestigious international universities.

Calvin Ayre renders support to the 2nd Annual University ID CombineIn 2018, the CAF was proud to sponsor the inaugural U.S.A. University ID Combine, a joint initiative of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), the Generation Next Football Club (GNFC) and the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The initiative provided local youths with the opportunity to secure scholarships to two prominent U.S. universities, provided they could demonstrate excellence both in the classroom and on the football pitch.

Of the 15 students who demonstrated the necessary physical prowess at last year’s Combine, six are currently studying at William Penn University. All participants had their on-field work professionally videotaped, offering them a quality product with which to shop their athletic skills to other educational institutions or athletic clubs.

The Second Annual University Combine got underway on November 23 and this year’s event has expanded the number of participating institutions to five, including two UK football notables: Christopher Knowles, head coach at Hartpury College & University, and Steven Kinniburg, coach of Kettering Town FC.

This year’s participating U.S. coaches hail from William Penn University, Holy Cross Notre Dame College in Indiana and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Due to scheduling issues, the U.S. coaches will visit Antigua in January 2020 to inspect the players’ performance.

Around 125 young Antiguan and Barbudan footballers, male and female, have been selected to participate in the second Combine.

The CAF was proud to sponsor last year’s event, as well as this spring’s GN Advance Academy, which prepped 40 local youths for this year’s big show. The participants will have one week of close instruction with the international coaches, who will then be tasked with deciding who is deserving of a full or partial scholarship.

CAF founder Calvin Ayre noted that only six of the 15 athletes offered scholarships last year met the academic requirements for attending the international universities. Ayre called last year’s result “a good start” but expressed the hope that all athletes who qualify for a sponsorship this year will make the academic grade.

Education is a major focus of the CAF, based on Ayre’s belief that education is “the key to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illnesses, to fostering peace, and perhaps most importantly, to empowering people.” Ayre urged all participants to “be at the top of your game,” not just on the pitch but in all aspects of life.

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  1. Alan Stanford CLONE look out Antiguans and Barbudans, we have seen all this before. The Labour party and it’s leader really knows how to sniff them out.

    • Stop pretending you care about Antigua and Barbuda!!!

      Remember you already publicly bragged that you have a U.S. passport and that an Antigua passport is of NO VALUE TO YOU.

  2. KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR

    Please see the GOOD in this initiative . You never compliment the Hon. Gaston Browne or Labour Party for ANYTHING. You are the most PESSIMISTIC Person I ever came across . You are a LOSER . Last night on the Snake Pit I felt sorry for you . KNIGHT , SERPENT , CLEON ATHILL , GLADYS POTTER et AL now realized that They are NOT RESONATING with Antiguans. Knight the reason for this are as follows…

    You repeat the same Rhetoric over and over .

    Preaching to the same Audience each night

    Not growing your base

    Telling a bunch of LIES.
    How can Anyone work for Serpent who does NOT have any CREDIBILITY. Who thinks He is a BULLY.

    Always in trouble with the Courts

    He will end in 1735 at some time.

    I am awaiting to hear hear Damani Tabor this evening with His same RHETORIC.
    Glad you Guys realize that you are BAWLING out your THROAT each night for no reason. Will wait to hear your excuse after 2023. When Labour win ALL the seats including Barbuda.

  3. It’s sad when people can’t overcome partisan politics to see the good in an act of kindness to help someone less fortunate get an opportunity at life.

  4. Just heard Damani Tabor on the Snake Pit . Damani Told Knight that Anyone who writes good comments about the ABLP They are not residing in Antigua. They are live in England. Damani just to let You know that I was born and still live in Potters Village . Do you play back the recordings of your show on the Snake Pit ? If You do you will understand what I am talking about. You do not have anything of substance to talk about….You repeat the same thing OVER and OVER. The Leader of the UPP should stop You from doing the Media Rounds. I can tell that your UPP Party needs help with PUBLIC RELATIONS. Please stay off the Radio. Shame on You

    • This is the M.O. across the board for UPP and Lovell and Observer.

      They are “wise in their own eyes” and refuse to listen to constructive criticism.

      To this day Lovell has not acknowledged that the young people on Big Issues see the UPP as worthless in its current state.

  5. HAV MERCY

    YOU ARE CORRECT. INSTEAD OF LISTENING….THE OPERATIVES OF THE UPP ATTACKED THE YOUTHS.
    TRUTH DOES NOT EXIST IN THE UPP. ALL YES MEN AND WOMEN.

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