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Cutchie — not your average footballer

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Atapharoy “Cutchie” Bygrave, Captain and MVP of the Medley Mixers, is a striker on the Petrojam Limited Football team and a member of Petrojam's Health and Safety Division.

Cutchie juggles full-time work with his passion for football. For him, the 24 hours in each day represent a renewed opportunity to make dreams come through and his current dream is to compete at the Red Bull Neymar Jr Five competition in Brazil later this year.

The son of avid footballer Clive Bygrave, Cutchie feels that he was destined to play football. In fact, his football career started at age nine playing street football in Olympic Gardens.

“I grew up seeing my father playing football. He even taught me how to juggle and has continued to encourage me to move forward in my football career. The sport is something that I am very passionate about.”

The 25-year-old avid Manchester United fan dreams of using his talent to become an international footballer or coach. Already, Cutchie's passion for football has led him to be repeatedly named leading goalscorer and MVP in six-a-side competitions, including the Guinness Futsal and local Neymar Five competitions. He was also named Player of the Month for the Greenwich Football Club while participating in the Antigua and Barbuda Premier League in January 2018.

When asked what is next for him in this year's Neymar Five competition, he said: “Straight winning is what we are about and we are going to win in Brazil too!”

He continued: “Football is about teamwork and only as a team can we win a competition. Therefore, the $50,000 cash prize will be shared among my team.”

To young footballers, he says, “keep focused and never give up on your dreams because each day brings you one step closer to being your best”.


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