14 May 2012
- Written by Stephanie Seenath (T&T Guardian)
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“Just follow your dream and you will be successful in whatever you desire to do.” This was the advice that came from National Under-23 footballer, Jerrel Britto, in an exclusive interview with gieMAGAZINE.
Britto disclosed, “When I was nine I told my mother I would like to play international football and I worked towards that (and I continue to work).
Never stop believing in your dream and though you may meet challenges along the way, it’s just a stepping stone to getting to your dream and getting you stronger!” Britto, an example of a true sportsman, embodies all those values and characteristics that make him strong, competitive and admirable.
His diligent, committed and determined nature, coupled with his humble and modest attitude ensures his present and continued success.
The national striker started playing the beautiful game from the tender age of nine at a coaching school by the name of Family Soccer Coaching Academy. He then moved to San Juan Jabloteh where he played in the North Zone League.
After some time, he played for the senior team of that club which allowed him to show off his skill and talent in the Pro League and the CONCACAF Champions League. With regard to the National team, he has played for Under-15s right up to the Olympic team. Presently, he is with W Connection and the Under-23s.
Britto disclosed to gieMAGAZINE that he possesses ultimate respect and admiration for his mother who pushed him since he started in the sport.
He affirmed, “Honestly, without my mother I would not be where I am today. She pushes me and shows her support in every way possible. Snow, rain, sun, hail, she would be there for me. She is my number one fan!”
The striker then acknowledged how tough it can be for young athletes who train consistently and also attend school. “I remember my days at Queen’s Royal College (QRC) playing in the Secondary Schools’ Football League and also representing Trinidad and Tobago,” he smiled.
However, Britto insisted that one must keep focus on the job at hand and the goals that one wants to achieve. He praised the Secondary Schools’ Football League as the league launched his football career.
Britto was spotted playing for QRC and that led to him playing with the National Under-17 team which went to the World Cup.
It’s a league where a young player can be drafted anywhere. There are clubs offering scholarships and there are a lot of players who have moved onto colleges outside of Trinidad and Tobago just from playing in the school league.
One of the greatest challenges Britto has faced so far is dealing with the critics. He related that people can make you and break you, but he disclosed that he has decided to use those critics as inspiration and encouragement to work harder.
He stated, “Once I keep my head on and focus on what I want to achieve in this life, I could see myself in countries I’ve never expected.”
The best of luck to Jerrel Britto. Make us proud!