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The T&T Football Association (TTFA) has entered into a partnership agreement for the staging of a one-month TTFA/Scotiabank Grassroots programme to be held at various venues throughout the country, starting August 2.

It is the third year the TTFA will be staging the grassroot clinics and Peter Ghany, Director, Scotiabank Foundation emphasized that the Scotiabank Foundation was emphatic about the opportunity to be part of it.

“Most importantly Scotiabank is very proud to be part of this incredible grassroots programme one of our main areas of focus is to work with and develop programs for young people in our communities,” Ghany said.

He noted: “We’ve spent the past few years working with the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme and we we’ve seen the incredible results coming out of that so we’re very excited about what the TTFA is doing with this programme especially going into the rural areas trying to reach kids who will most importantly get the opportunity to undergo such training.”

“By going out to these rural areas and working with these children, giving them opportunities to occupy their spare time, discover their passion and possibly even getting them to a level where they can eventually represent a national team is something we readily support” Ghany added.

The Scotiabank Foundation will also provide additional support through marketing initiatives and infrastructural support through the grassroots programme. TTFA Technical Director Muhammad Isa expressed gratitude for Scotiabank’s support, saying 

“I am delighted about this partnership and contribution today as it shows that the TTFA is on the right foot forward in terms of development.”

“The future of our football is with our youth. This grassroots programme for children 6-14 years old will go a long way in developing our football. We want to establish an elite program for players under 14 and this is a programme which will enable us to find players for our next set of  national youth teams.

The TTFA will have clinics at the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex and Canaan, Bon Accord in Tobago, Morvant/Laventille, Eddie Hart Ground in Tacarigua, Ojo Road in Sangre Grande, Tabaquite Recreation Ground and Barrackpore Recreation Grounds. Invitations will go out the various Primary Schools and Coaching Schools in each district” Isa explained.

“The programme will entail teaching the basic fundamentals of the game and having the kids involved in small sided games. We will establish a database of players based on our evaluations from which we can then use as reference for our future national teams” Isa added.

Grassroots Schedule:

August 2nd, Cyd Gray Sporting Complex, Roxoborough
August 4th, Canaan, Bon Accord
August 8th, Morvant Recreation Ground
August 10th, Eddie Hart Grounds, Tacarigua
August 12th, Ojoe Road Grounds, Sangre Grande
August 17th Tabaquite Recreation Ground
August 19th, Barrackpore Recreation Ground