Trinidad and Tobago footballers from the East Zone, winners of the recently concluded Under-15 Copa Coca Cola Zonal finals, will be leaving shortly for the 2010 Copa Coca Cola Football Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
To many of us, the future of our football seems to be based upon the recent past and the present state of affairs, vis-a-vis World Cup results and a presence of a new slate of technocrats at the helm who are attempting to improve the quality of the current stars. Both aspects of assessment are relevant to the future, the first being an analysis of what went wrong and how it should be corrected. The second is the positive move by the present coaching staff to look towards a number of youngsters for a better performance at the training sessions and matches leading up to the Digicel Gold Cup tournament in Martinique later this year. But we should not ignore that the development process must take place in the teenagers who are now being given the opportunity to express themselves and demonstrate how the large number of young coaches are working towards a better class of footballer for the next decade.
The Caribbean possesses a wealth of natural football talent but sustained programmes to nurture and harness it will determine whether the players attain the highest levels of their ability.
Head coach Dion La Foucade of the La Foucade Footballing Clinic, is calling on the government for financial support, as he strives to help in the development of football in T&T. La Foucade yesterday concluded a one week long clinic, in association with the Manchester United’s Academy, for children ages five-18 at the St Mary’s Ground, Serpentine Road St Clair. The local coach said while the clinic was a success, he was unable to get a sponsor, which placed a heavy financial burden on himself.
Sunderland AFC Academy of Light manager, Ged Mc Namee and Academy coach, Carlton Fairweather began a three-day coaching clinic in T&T yesterday.
As a further step in its ongoing youth football development programme, Digicel will be ensuring that Trinidad & Tobago’s young football talent – both players and coaches - has all of the right stuff to succeed on the world stage when it brings two coaches from English Premier League club, Sunderland AFC, to Trinidad for a three-day coaching clinic next week.
The Caribbean is not short on talent, but their potential needs to be developed in the right way. That was the consensus of Sunderland AFC coaches Ged McNamee and Carlton Fairweather.
THE ENGLISH Football Association (FA), in collaboration with CONCACAF and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), launched a seven-day Youth Coaching Workshop at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Tunapuna on September 17.