Caribbean Club Champions and TT Pro League winners, Bankers Central F.C. have announced a partnership with Super League club, Real Maracas. The two clubs, linked by sponsorship from Bankers Insurance, will enter into an agreement which will focus on the development of young players.
“It’s a beneficial programme for both clubs” said Central F.C. Managing Director, Brent Sancho. “Central will loan players to Real Maracas who may not be commanding a starting place with our first team, but who need to obtain the experience of regular competitive football.”
Sancho gave as an example teenage striker Nicholas Dillon. “While Dillon was strong and fast, he just wasn’t getting enough minutes on the field last season. We loaned him to St Ann’s Rangers and that allowed him to benefit from regular competitive games. Because of the work put in by Rangers, when Dillon returned to Central in May he was ready to slot straight into our Champions League squad and started the home game vs LA Galaxy. His performance in that game earned him a trial with MLS outfit, Portland Timbers.”
Meanwhile, Real Maracas Technical Director, Marlon Charles highlighted the benefits for his club. “While it will be useful for our Head Coach, Michael McComie to have some additional quality players to add to the squad, the real attraction for me is that we can offer young players a genuine career path in football”
Charles explained that young players could join Real Maracas with the knowledge that their potential can be developed and there will be options available to join Central F.C.
Real Maracas President, Kester Lendor, added “Central F.C. will be working closely with us and their Director of Youth Football, George Romano will be attending many training sessions. So if a youngster stands out, there are possibilities that Central may step in and offer him a professional contract, even if he is then loaned back to Maracas for more development. It is my belief that this partnership will be beneficial to both parties and must lead to the personal and professional development of the young men of the club and by extension the community.”
Chairman of the Real Maracas Fundraising Committee, Lucien Delpesh said “This gives us huge potential to attract further sponsorship. With the confidence placed in us to represent a brand such as Bankers Insurance and a partnership with the Caribbean Club Champions, Central F.C., Real can offer all of the benefits of promotion through community football together with the glamour of an association with one of the biggest clubs in the Caribbean.”
Central F.C. will also assist in marketing and promoting Real Maracas.
“It will be a real partnership where both parties gain benefits” said Sancho. “We are excited about the possibilities that may develop over the next few years”
Real Maracas will host Defence Force in a Super League clash on Thursday at 5pm.