Over 50 students of Express Football Club School graduated with certificates from training in football on Saturday at North Eastern Community Centre at Duranta Garden Graham Street, Sangre Grande.
The Most Outstanding Student was Lynette Phillip, who was awarded a trophy for her excellence in skill and discipline.
Justin De Freitas, president of Express Football Club, in his address said the school began in January 2016 and started off with ten participants, however, to date the school has grown to 72 future footballers.
The objectives of the club are to teach children how to play football in a safe and healthy environment and to create opportunities for the participants and to help them develop self-esteem, discipline, empathy for others and an understanding of fairness and equity. Also, to develop them as law-abiding citizens, who can work both as a leader and a follower.
The club has registered with the Eastern Counties and the Caribbean Football Union. This, De Freitas said, is to ensure that when Express Football Club produces national players and they receive their lucrative contracts, some of the money paid to the players would be also paid to the club. In addition, the club could be in line for assistance from these bodies.
He said the parents of the students who are members of the club play a very important part in that they support the club financially and help purchase the uniform their children used, and most important, they give the moral and spiritual support needed.
One of the members greatest moments was when they attended the World Cup qualifying match between Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala in November.