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Momentum is building ahead of ex-Liverpool, Newcastle and England legend, John Barnes' arrival in the Territory on Monday, July 8.
Barnes will be in the BVI to help promote grassroots football and raise funds for the Sea Cows Bay Manatees, the BVI's only grassroots programme.
In association with Maples, EMCs and Long Bay, John will host a two-day youth coaching clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a 6-a-side tournament on Wednesday night, before a formal dinner on Friday.
Thirty-seven children have already signed up for the free two-day coaching clinic, which will run from 3-5 pm at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on both days.
"The 6-a-side team allocations are now full," according to an official press release about Barnes' visit.
"Teams will take to the A. O. Shirley Ground on Wednesday night to play alongside John in what looks set to be excellent, fun filled competition. Whilst the teams are decided, spectators are still welcome to come down and enjoy the bar whilst watching the ex-Liverpool and England legend play," the release stated.
According to the release, tickets are also sold out for the formal dinner on Friday night at. However, Barnes is expected to be on hand at the BVI FA's award presentation on Saturday night, as well as doing a coaching session with the BVI FA's U14 School of Excellence.
"John's trip is the first of its kind and it looks set to be an excellent week that will go a long way to increasing the sports exposure in the BVI at both the grassroots level and a national level..." the release noted.
According to the organizers, despite the positive numbers, there are still a limited number of spaces available. The sessions are for children from the ages of 5-14 and persons could register their child via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.