The Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA football club lifted the spirits of over two dozen children last week when the Pro League outfit turned out to join participants at the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago’s Easter Fundamentals Sports Camp at the St George’s College ground in Barataria.
The camp was designed to teach boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 basis athletic skills including kicking and running.
And the children were blessed with famous tutors as Trinidad and Tobago national co-head coach Jamaal Shabazz, former World Cup 2006 midfielder Densill Theobald and 2009 Under-20 World Cup striker Jamal Gay turned up with the rest of the “Eastern Stallions.”
In other recent domestic football news, Central FC announced a partnership with Port of Spain-based coaching school Football Factory that would see the two organisations merge to form a youth team for the Pro League club.
Former England 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick is the common denominator as he serves as head coach at Central FC and is a founding member of the Football Factory.
“Once we began to work on a coaching school for Central FC, it was natural to use the same structural organisation as the Football Factory,” said Fenwick. “It then became obvious that the best way to deliver the same quality of coaching that is delivered in Port of Spain was to combine the Football Factory and Central FC brands.”
Central FC managing director and 2006 World Cup player Brent Sancho said that the partnership should provide an avenue for promising youngster to make their first steps towards becoming professional players. However, he explained that it was equally important that the participants are able to have fun within a safe environment.
“One of our key aims as a community club is to offer a top quality coaching school located in the Central region,” said Sancho. “Aside from offering a chance for youngsters to have fun in a safe, supervised environment, it also is the first step for talented footballers on the path to professional football.
“It’s a progression through the youth teams to our reserves and finally to the first team. But for children, football should initially be about having fun, so the coaching school, while developing skills, will also encourage those with less ability to enjoy the game.”
Persons interested in further information on the Central FC Football Factory are asked to contact club secretary Marclene at 679-5060 or visit the club’s Facebook page.