Cabhan O’Keefe to head to Europe for soccer camp next year

Published on July 13, 2017

Cabhan O’Keefe, local soccer player, will head to Europe to attend training camps next spring.

©Robert Greeley photo

CLARENVILLE, N.L. — Soccer is one of the world’s most popular games.

In Europe, the sport is revered in the same way Canada is synonymous with ice hockey.

A local player will now have a chance to play on the European stage, taking to the pitch with other footballers his age.

Next Easter, 15-year-old Cabhan O’Keefe will cross the Atlantic to attend training camps for some professional clubs in Italy and Portugal.

O’Keefe, originally from the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland, moved to British Columbia where he lived for six years until returning to live in St. John’s. He eventually moved to Clarenville, where he currently resides.

Cabhan O’Keefe.
Robert Greeley photo

It‘s been tough to play the game O’Keefe loves while living in Clarenville. Trips to St. John’s are frequent, as he starts in the centre midfield position for both St. John’s Rep and U15 Team Newfoundland. He travels an average of four hours three times a week.

O’Keefe told The Packet training gets tough sometimes, as it requires a lot of alone time with his teammates so far away.

He recently got back from the Atlantic Championship in the 15-and-under division. He helped the team power through to a golden performance at the tournament defeating Team PEI in the finals 4-1.

The teen has his hopes set on post-secondary soccer and he’s on the lookout for a semi-pro or professional team that’ll take him.

That starts with making a good impression when he travels to Europe next year. He could potentially be scouted by clubs which will help him realize that dream.

In the meantime, this summer is packed with soccer for O’Keefe. Although, it seems he wouldn’t want it any other way.


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