Two newcomers – Page Bailey-Gayle and Kalyssa van Zanten – are among 22 players, including striker Khadijah ‘Bunny’ Shaw, who have been called to a Reggae Girlz training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, set to start next week ahead of the launch of the Football is Freedom initiative driven by Jamaica’s global ambassador for women’s football, Cedella Marley.
The initiative that will involve the national senior women’s teams of Jamaica and Costa Rica was designed as part of fundraising efforts for the Reggae Girlz FIFA 2023 World Cup campaign. Jamaica will launch their qualifying campaign in February 2022.
Bailey-Gayle players for Leicester City FC in the Women’s Super League in the United Kingdom while van Zanten plays for the University of Notre Dame in the United States.
Meanwhile, both teams are expected to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on October 18 for a week of training and the two- game series.
A local delegation is set to depart the island on Saturday, October 16, to join other members of the technical staff from overseas who will finalize preparation for the camp ahead of the arrival of the players.
The first match will be a closed-door scrimmage and then an international friendly fundraising match between the two teams on October 24 at 5:00 pm at the DRV stadium.
The Football is Freedom initiative is geared at creating opportunities for personal and professional growth for female footballers in the Caribbean and Latin America as well as in diaspora communities in the United States and represents Cedella Marley’s focus on spearheading the growth of women’s football in the region.
The full squad comprises Sydney Schneider (Washington Spirit), Chantelle Swaby (Glasgow Rangers FC), Jade Bailey (Liverpool FC), Vyan Sampson (Charlton Athletic), Konya Plummer (Orlando Pride; on loan to AIK Stockholm), Chinyelu Asher (Washington Spirit), Kayla McCoy (Glasgow Rangers FC), Atlanta Primus (London City Lionesses), Khadija Shaw (Manchester City FC), Sashana Campbell (Unattached), Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham Hotspurs FC), Allyson Swaby (AS Roma), Tiernny Wiltshire (KUPS), Drew Spence (Chelsea FC), Cheyna Matthews (Louisville FC), Marlo Sweatman (Haladas FC), Satara Murray (Bristol City FC), Yazmeen Jamieson (P18 IK), Olufolasade Adamolekun (University of South California), Trudi Carter (FC Gintra), Kalyssa Van Zanten (University of Notre Dame) and Paige Bailey-Gayle (Leicester City FC).