Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Kendall Walkes and technical advisor Muhammad Isa have started a nationwide grassroots coaching clinic, which targets children in the under-8, under-11 and under-13 categories.
The clinics, which will operate over the next eight weeks, will offer “an introduction to the game, the philosophy of grassroots, basic techniques, example exercises and small sided games” for young participants.
Each zone will host one session per week with one hour for each age group. Walkes and Isa will be assisted by other unspecified coaches for the TTFA project.
The venues selected are: Hugo Francis Recreational ground, Woodford Park (Central), Ojoe Road Recreation Ground, Sangre Grande (Eastern Counties), Lumsden Ground, Gasparillo (South), Constantine Park (East), Nelson Mandela Park (North) and a still undetermined venue in Tobago.
The timetable is: 5 to 6 pm (under-8), 6 to 7 pm (under-11) and 7 to 8 pm (under-13).
“Improving our young players technically is one challenge but contributing to a youngster’s personal development is also a fundamental goal,” stated TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, via a press release, “and that is among the major objectives of the association.
“Grassroots football’s potential role as an educational, social vehicle cannot be underestimated. We believe it needs to be promoted for the benefit of young people, society and the game itself.”
Children and parents can get more information by calling 685-7968 or 687-7652.
The schedule for the grassroots clinic is as follows:
Hugo Francis Recreational ground, Woodford Park (Mondays);
Ojoe Road Recreation Ground, Sangre Grande (Tuesdays);
Lumsden Ground, Gasparillo (Wednesdays);
Constantine Park, Macoya (Thursdays);
Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair (Fridays);
Venue to be determined (Saturdays);
Training sessions are scheduled as follows: 5 to 6 pm (under-8), 6 to 7 pm (under-11) and 7 to 8 pm (under-13).