CALLUM FORBES and Che Benny will represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Final Round of Flow’s “Ultimate Football Experience”, which will be staged here in the twin-island republic, on May 7.
The competition is a collaborative effort between Flow and Manchester United Football Club, supported by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
The boys competed in the Trinidad and Tobago leg of the competition last Saturday at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima. Unlike a regular day of football training, these boys were among 90 aspiring footballers looking to win the grand prize - a VIP trip to Old Trafford to see English Premier League club Manchester United play.
For the T&T leg, coaches moved the youngsters through three skills: control, short passing and dribbling.
The skills were taken from the Manchester United Academy programme and local coaches evaluated and ranked each player. The lead coach was former England defender Terry Fenwick who works with Flow Sports and also owns the Football Factory coaching school.
Following the intense sessions, the boys participated in some fun games until the announcements were made. At the end, Forbes, a Queen’s Park player who competed in the 13-14 age group, and Benny, a member of the T&T Under-17 team as well as local club St Ann’s Rangers, who was in the 16-yearold group, were the winners.
Cindy-Ann Gatt, Director of Marketing at Flow, said in her welcome remarks that the Ultimate Football Experience was an opportunity to improve skill and a step in measuring capabilities. But more important, she added, it was opportunity to begin the journey as a member of the national team or as an international star.
On May 7, Forbes and Benny will be facing young players from Grenada, St Vincent, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, Antigua/ Barbuda, St Kitts/Nevis, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Curacao.