Sat, Aug


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and members of the local football fraternity expresses heartfelt condolences on the passing of  David Cumberbatch, past National teams massage therapist and strength and conditioning trainer.

Cumberbatch passed away on Sunday after ailing for some time. Further details on the cause of death is expected to be  released in due course.

Cumberbatch served with several national senior teams during World Cup qualifying, Caribbean Cup and Concacaf Gold Cup campaigns.

He also worked with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, the WICB, the NAAA and the Defence Force.

Cumberbatch would also be remembered for always being available to Overseas-based professionals requesting offseason training on their return home every year.

One of them in particular is prolific goalscorer Stern John.

"He was one of those physios who was always there when you needed him to help you keep fit or for recovery training," John told TTFF Media.

"I remember anytime I was back home at the end of the season in England I would do my offseason training with 'Batch'. I think he will be surely missed by a lot of past and present day athletes," added the former Sunderland striker.

The TTFF paid its respects to Cumberbatch with a minute silence prior to the start of its ceremony to recognise local coaches graduating from the TTFF/Dutch KNVB 'C' Licence coaching course at Harvard's on Sunday morning.

The TTFF wishes to acknowledge his longstanding service to its national programs. He will definitely be a difficult shoe to fill. His unwavering commitment to seeing our national teams and players play the sport at the best level of fitness  possible and helping individuals during their road to recovery from injury, will be undoubtedly be missed.