Central F.C. have become the newest members of the TT Pro League according to the club’s Managing Director, Brent Sancho.
“We received confirmation from Pro League CEO, Dexter Skeene, who called us to welcome us to the league. It was a great moment for all associated with the club”
Sancho said that the phone call was followed up with an official letter of welcome from Mr Skeene. “It’s been very frustrating at times, but now we can focus on competing in the league” said Sancho
The club will now be able to officially register players and offer them contracts. “Obviously, we’ve completed most of the discussions already so it’s just a matter of putting pen to paper.
I’d like to publicly thank the players and staff for their patience. Although we’ve tried to reassure them, the boys have been training for 6 weeks without any guarantee of employment. Their professional attitude is to be applauded” said Sancho.
Head Coach, Graham Rix said “The morale of the guys has been remarkably good, considering the uncertainty. My staff have been superb under stressful circumstances and have worked hard to keep a positive mentality in the squad.”
Rix has been impressed with the performances from the players and the way they have adapted to his coaching style. “I suppose my style is unlike any they have experienced before, but there’s no magic involved, just continually focusing on the basics.
They’re a nice bunch of lads and we do have a laugh in training. It’s important that they enjoy the sessions, and you don’t have to be a drill instructor to get the best from footballers.”
But Rix is certain that the Sharks will be a team that clubs won’t enjoy playing against. “I haven’t really seen much of the opposition. I’ve watched Caledonia and W.Connection in their CONCACAF games, but I’m sure their style will be different in domestic games.
Our aim is to make it difficult for teams to play their own game. This season, for us, is about laying foundations and developing players to their potential.”
Operations Director, Kevin Harrison said “Now we’re over this hurdle, we can push on. We need to organize the players registrations and promote ourselves in the Central Region. We need to formerly introduce the club to the Central F.A. and TTFF and begin to plan for home games and events”
Harrison said that several companies had approached the club to enquire about sponsorship opportunities. “It’s nice when sponsors approach us” said Harrison “By next week, we should have several deals completed. Some of the brands are new to football, and it’s nice to bring new money into the game.”
Harrison said that there is already great momentum behind the club, with over 4,000 visitors per week to their facebook page. “I think people especially like CENTRAL F.C. TV on You Tube.
For the first time in T&T, people get to see a fly on the wall look at the workings of a professional football team. The language is a little blue at times, but that is the reality. We’re hoping to eventually get a professional film maker to build this into a polished documentary.”
Meanwhile, the club are busy promoting their first fundraising event, a chutney boat cruise on 15th September. “It’s a great chance for supporters to get to know the players and staff and it’s great value at $150” said Sancho.
“We hope to be out and about in Chaguanas and Price Plaza on Friday night with our promotion girls, The Sharkettes to promote the event and sell tickets. Tickets are also available by contacting the club directly.”
To contact Central F.C., email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 679 5060
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