The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s Grassroots Festival moved into the Northern Football Association on Saturday with a two-hour clinic at St Anthony’s College Grounds in Westmoorings.
The clinic was conducted by the TTFA zonal coaches and overseen by TTFA Technical director Muhammad Isa.
Paul Decle, one of the coaches who participated in the TTFA Grassroots coaching course conducted by Anton Corneal recently, was present and involved in Saturday’s session. Decle is also the founder of Pro Series Events.
“I was really impressed with the level of participation and players coming from all over Trinidad to be part of the Grassroots festival,” Decle told TTFA Media.
“Despite the hot weather, the children had great fun, learning news skills and getting a chance to play matches. It was a great event with an excellent group of coaches and a pleasure to be a part of,” he added.
At Saturday’s session, the participants included youngsters came from the Glencoe Football Academy and Petit Valley United. Cocorite Government Primary, Dunross Primary and other areas such as La Puerta, Sagangar Trace, Cocorite, Diego Martin and Carenage.
Visiting coach Jamie Harris, who is the Under 11 coach at English club AFC Bournemouth, was also in attendance as an observer at Saturday’s session
This Saturday, the Festival rolls into Moruga with another session starting from 9am at the Grand Chemin Ground.
So far the year the TTFA Grassroots Festival has also been staged in La Brea, Chaguanas, Blanchisseuse and Palo Seco.
The clinics cater for boys and girls between ages 6-11. The kids are taught the basics of the game with an emphasis on player participation and enjoyment as coaches, who have all been trained by the TTFA coaching instructors and been part of the recent TTFA/CONCACAF Grassroots coaching course, are utilised to guide the youngsters during the sessions.