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Sunderland AFC Academy of Light manager, Ged Mc Namee and Academy coach, Carlton Fairweather began a three-day coaching clinic in T&T yesterday.

The clinic hosted by Digicel for T&T Pro League players and coaches began with a three-hour “Coach-the-Coach session” at Digicel T&T Limited head office, Ansa Centre, Maraval Road. This was followed by a three hour on field coaching session at the St James Police Barracks Ground, Long Circular Road St James.

Today and tomorrow, both English coaches will continue their coaching session and will also have a chance to see over 40 of T&T’s most talented Under-15 players (four players from each of the Pro League clubs) taking part in coaching sessions, technical tests, question and answer sessions and small-sided games in the build-up to a closing friendly match on Monday afternoon.

Speaking during the media function held at Digicel’s head office, T&T Pro League Chief Executive Officer, Dexter Skeene applauded the initiative put on by Digicel saying.

“To improve the standard of play; to be competitive in Concacaf; to continuously produce young top class performers who can compete on the world stage, it is imperative that training is offered to coaches and young players.

“It is necessary to expose coaches to international and experienced coaching courses to gain new ideas and insights into modern methods being applied today in the top leagues.

“It is also important for youths to hear from foreign coaches, new teachings and some of the same ideas that they receive from their own coaches which would inspire a higher level of confidence in our local coaching fraternity.

“And we thank Digicel for their continued understanding and efforts at contributing to development at all levels of the league,” ended Skeene.

Others in attendance included, Niall Dorian, Digicel T&T Limited, Chief Executive Offier; Wayne Riley, Project Manager of the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup T&T.