Trinidad and Tobago’s top young and promising footballers between the ages the ages of 13 and 16 will show off their skills at the Flow Ultimate Football Experience at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima today in a competition put together by Flow and Manchester United and supported by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
130 young footballers, representing local football clubs and schools, have been chosen to compete in three skills: control, short passing and dribbling. The skills are taken from the Manchester United Academy programme and local coaches will evaluate and rank each player throughout the morning. At the end of the event, two winners will be selected based on rankings and assessments in each skill.
Trudy DeVerteuil, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at Flow, said the challenge is one way to ensure that the next generation of footballers are ready to show off their talents to the world.
“This challenge is a great opportunity for our young footballers in Trinidad and Tobago to show off their skills. As a football nation, we’re always on the lookout for the next person to follow Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, David Nakhid, Shaka Hislop or Stern John on the international field. We look forward to seeing who these youngsters are and guide them on the path that will take them to the next level. Flow is proud to contribute to this experience not only here, but also in the region. We are confident that we have cleared a way for development which can only lead to future success,” DeVerteuil said.
Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold said, “Youth development is at the heart of this Club’s traditions and success. The Manchester United Academies were developed to help spread this spirit to as many children as possible.
In recent years, our partners have been instrumental in helping the great work of our Soccer Schools coaches reach young people around the world. We’re proud to work with Flow on this project.” The winners of today’s challenge will compete in a final weekend of skills and small sided games with finalists from the other countries in May. The finalists will also compete for the chance to win a VIP trip to Old Trafford in Manchester, England.