Former English Premier League goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will be in Trinidad as the featured player in the Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup on December 15. During his time here, Kirkland will also host a goalkeeper training camp from December 16-18.
The 38-year-old Kirkland, who excelled between the sticks for England, Liverpool, Wigan Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City in an 18-year career, will line up for Can Bou Play United in the Charity Cup, which will feature three teams playing 45-minute matches.
Can Bou Play Founder Yohance Marshall will take the reins of host team Can Bou Play United, while former T&T senior team and current Halifax Wanderers assistant coach Derek King will command the T&T Stars outfit.
Deportivo Pt Fortin will be the final team in the Cup and will be led by former T&T captain Reynold Carrington.
Can Bou Play Foundation CEO Amiel Mohammed said he was elated to announce Kirkland’s involvement after months of hard work to put everything in place.
“Chris (Kirkland) is a monumental piece of the puzzle that we have been developing since Can Bou Play has started,” Mohammed said.
“He runs his goalkeeping academy and is a mental health advocate and given that we recently launched our Sport In Mind – Mental Health Programme, he was the absolute perfect fit to have involved in the Charity Cup and the goalkeeper camp.”
Having had his challenges with mental health towards the latter part of his career, Kirkland has become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and the relevance of it within the sporting landscape.
He is also a founder of YAPA— a social network app for mental health.
The goalkeeper camp will also be headlined by an amazing list of former and current T&T goalkeepers such as Jan-Michael Williams, Kimika Forbes, Clayton Ince and Javon Sample.
The venues for the Charity Cup and goalkeeper camp will be announced this week and roster announcements for all teams will be done daily through Can Bou Play’s social media pages leading up to the tournament.
Proceeds from the Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup will serve as income generation for Can Bou Play to operate its social programmes in 2020, among them Sport In Mind, Mission Inclusion visits to schools for the differently-abled children and mentorship seminars in communities, as well as providing Christmas treats for the underprivileged