Minister of Sports,??Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, poses with the??footballers of the Kick Start Football Club hours before they left the island to attend a tournament in North Carolina.

Barbados has a wealth of sporting talent which is now being recognised by overseas scouts.

That is the word from Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who said: "We do have a lot to offer … I know that there are people who are beginning to wake up to that reality and there are people who are coming to Barbados to look for talent."

She expressed this view yesterday, while speaking to 34 footballers of the Kick Start Football Club, at the Barclays Sports Grounds. The young men left the island today for Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America, to participate in The Score Showcase Tournament, which will run from Friday, July 17, to Tuesday, July 21.

Dr. Byer Suckoo told the footballers that they were Ambassadors for Barbados and their behaviour must be exemplary. "I know you are going to ???wow’ them with your football skills…but, I do want that you show everybody that Barbadians are disciplined, respectful, understand sportsmanship, and have respect for the other players, referees and all the officials.??If nothing else, they are to see that there is something different about Barbadians," she stated.

The Sports Minister noted that even if the sportsperson was a good player, but had a bad attitude, he would not get very far. She called on all of them to work on developing and maintaining a good attitude.

She encouraged the young men to build on the opportunity the overseas experience would give them. "When you return and you cannot see the immediate benefits, don’t see it as time wasted, but as knowledge you have gained, or an experience you have received. You may not identify right away what the benefit was to you, but benefits will accrue," Dr. Byer Suckoo assured the group.

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