Hill to play in national final
Bermudian Deniche Hill will play for his school in the ISFA Under-16 National final on April 25 at St George’s Park, the national training centre of the English FA.
Hill is a student at Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester and will represent them in the final against Buckswood School.
Hill, who turned 15 last month, is a member of the Bermuda Under-15 and Under-17 national teams and has made good progress since enrolling at Brooke House last year. He plays at left wing or wing back and has already caught the attention of a couple of professional clubs.
“Deniche’ came to Brooke House technically very good on the ball especially with his speed and agile approach when he has the ball,” Niall Ogrady, the head coach of the academy’s under-16 team, told The Royal Gazette.
“He’s now starting to become more of a threat and uses his strengths with the ball to create more chances for himself and team-mates in advanced areas of the pitch. This is key for any player in
Deniche’s position to stand out and to progress further in football.
“While at Brooke House, Deniche has been challenged against top opposition, playing professional Academies during the season, including Premier League sides like Southampton FC. With people always watching games at Brooke House, Deniche had been noticed and was invited in for trial games at Derby County as well as Premier League side Huddersfield Town. We hope that Deniche will continue to develop while at Brooke House.”
The former Whitney middle school student represented the Bermuda under-14s in the Caribbean Football Union Boys’ Challenge Series last August in the Cayman Islands, scoring a stoppage time winner to give Bermuda a 2-1 win against Cuba in their opening match.
Hill, the son and nephew of former footballers Corey and Ricky Hill, has long harboured ambitions of turning professional. In 2015 he attended the Liverpool International Academy in Texas, receiving coaching from the club’s academy coaches.
“I learnt that the drills were for advanced players and if you were not able to catch on you would ‘miss the boat’,” said the 11-year-old at the time.
“The experience was intense because there were some very good players and everyone was on the same level. Attending the Liverpool camp has given me the opportunity to return to Texas and represent the Liverpool team as a guest player in a tournament.
“I want to go Europe to become a professional football player. I believe that continuous hard work and commitment will help me achieve my goals.”
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