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Former Liverpool & Wigan Keeper Chris Kirkland coming for 45 Charity Cup & Youth Camp
Courtesy Can Bou Play Media

Former English Premier League Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will be in Trinidad as the feature player for the Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup on 15 December 2019 and will also host a goalkeeper training camp from the 16 to 18 December 2019.

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The 38 year old Kirkland excelled between the sticks for England, Liverpool, Wigan Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City in an 18 year career at the highest level.

The Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup will be a star-studded three team tournament, with each match lasting 45 minutes. Can Bou Play Founder Yohance Marshall will take the reins of host team Can Bou Play United while former T&T National Senior Team and current Halifax Wanderers assistant coach Derek King will take command of the T&T Stars outfit.

Deportivo Point Fortin will be the final team in the Cup and will be led by former T&T captain Reynold Carrington.

Can Bou Play Foundation CEO Amiel Mohammed is elated to make the Kirkland announcement after months of hard work to put everything in place.

“Chris [Kirkland] is a monumental piece of the puzzle that we have been developing since Can Bou Play has started,” said Mohammed. “He runs his own goalkeeping academy and is a mental health advocate and given that we recently launched our own Sport In Mind – Mental Health Program, he was the absolute perfect fit to have involved in the Charity Cup and the Goalkeeper Camp.”

Having had his own challenges with mental health towards the latter part of his career, Kirkland has become a very outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and the relevance of it within the sporting landscape.  He is also a founder of YAPA – a social network app for mental health.

He has spoken at numerous forums such as the Professional Footballer’s Association Mental Health Conference about the importance of taking care of one’s mental health and it is Can Bou Play’s genuine belief that his experience in mental health advocacy will add a unique and previously undervalued element to the young goalkeeper camp attendees.

The Goalkeeper Camp will also be headlined by an amazing list of former and current T&T National Team goalkeepers such as Jan-Michael Williams, Kimika Forbes, Clayton Ince and Javon Sample.

The venues for the Charity Cup and Goalkeeper Camp and ticket outlets for the Cup will be announced this week. Roster announcements for all teams will be done daily through Can Bou Play’s social media leading up to the tournament.

Proceeds from the Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup will serve as income generation for Can Bou Play to operate its social programs in 2020 such as Sport In Mind, Mission Inclusion visits at schools for the differently-abled children and mentorship seminars in communities as well as provide Christmas treats for the underprivileged.

Registration for the Camp, for young goalkeepers aged 8 to 18 years, is priced at $680 and can be done at www.canbouplayfoundation.com.

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« on: June 13, 2018, 07:40:58 AM »
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Football / TT Footballers launch Can Bou Play Foundation
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:14:18 PM »
Can Bou Play out to Give Back
Can Bou Play Foundation Media Release

The Can Bou Play Foundation (CBPL) was officially launched on Monday 28 May at the St Dominic's Pastoral Centre in Diego Martin by a host of names familiar to local football fans. Yohance Marshall, Sean de Silva, Jared Bennett, Akim Armstrong, Elton John, Keston George, Julius James and Amiel Mohammed have stepped forward to pilot this new project.

In his address, Marshall, who scored Trinidad and Tobago's famous last minute equaliser in the 4-4 draw with Mexico in the 2015 Gold Cup, touched on the genesis of the Foundation.

"When the Pro League season ended, we didn't really know what was going to happen. A couple of the guys were there and we wanted to at least keep fit. So we started training together and more and more guys joined."

"Then being together with like minded individuals, we started to think about our options and how we could now give back and be a support system. That movement evolved really quickly and Can Bou Play was formed, " said an excited Marshall.

Can Bou Play Foundation will seek to host mentor and education tours at a minimum of thirty schools, children's homes and football academies across T&T in 2018. As well as pioneer education programmes using sport as a catalyst and produce a video series outlining the highs and lows of local footballers.

Also touched on at the launch was the need for the Foundation to be run as a corporate entity with sustainability at its forefront.

1ndividual Aesthetic has already come on board as the official merchandise partner, while the group already boasts a few burgeoning international partnerships

A few weeks ago, Can Bou Play partnered with US based charity, Around the World's Inc, to distribute over 150 match jerseys and more than 40 balls to children's homes  and organizations across T&T (See attached Video).

Centro Deportivo Canning, an affiliate of Club Athletico Banfield, in Argentina has also issued their formal support for CBPL's long term initiatives.

Former T&T midfielder, and fellow founder Sean de Silva echoed his colleagues sentiments and the need for there to be a positive change in the local football and sports landscape.

"The inspiration behind the name comes from the Canboulay festival which was the precursor to carnival and our music. It was a symbol of freedom and more importantly a freedom of expression. It was a major step and we, the founders, found similarities with what we are trying to do with our movement."

"We decided that there is no better time than the present to give back to our country where we truly need to use sport and education to nurture young men and women into the successful citizens that our country needs to get back on track."

The founders of this ambitious organization have also committed their playing futures to various clubs for the 2018 season.

Marshall, John and George have left 2017 TT Pro League title winners North East Stars to join former Central FC standout, Sean de Silva at Queen's Park Cricket Club in the TT Super League as part of a partnership between QPCC and CBPL.

Former National Beach Soccer player Jared Bennett will suit up for his hometown club of Point Fortin Civic FC and Akim Armstrong will be aiming for a productive first season with Central FC.

Julius James had earlier signed for Atlantic City FC in the NPSL (USA).
Anyone or organization interested in learning more about or partnering with the Can Bou Play Foundation can contact our social media pages @canbouplay or canbouplayfoundation@gmail.com.

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Football / Central delivers gifts to Cyril Ross Home Children
« on: December 05, 2014, 05:42:39 PM »
Central delivers gifts to Cyril Ross Home Children.
Central FC Release.

Central F.C.’s Trinidad & Tobago national striker, Willis Plaza, together with staff from the Pro League club, visited Cyril Ross Home in Tunapuna on Monday to present clothes, shoes, school items and personal grooming kits. 

The items were donated by various businesses including Jonesy Sports Wear, Port of Spain, Oscar Francois Ltd and CDS Supplies.  The Cyril Ross Home is the only establishment in T&T providing homes to children born with HIV. The twenty five children in residence range from 1 year old babies to teenagers. 

“Every year we try to arrange an event to coincide with World Aids Day” said Central F.C. Marketing Manager, Devica Ali. “This year, in particular, we wanted to remind people that HIV is totally preventable and, even if you do contract the virus, you can live a full and beneficial life.”

Ali said that the public had become so concerned with the Ebola virus, that HIV was being forgotten. “T&T is still far behind other countries regarding support for people living with HIV. Here, we still stigmatise people who have the virus, yet it may only be transmitted through transmission of fluids such as blood.” 

“These kids just want to be treated like everybody else” said 27 year old Plaza, Central F.C.’s top goal scorer last season. “They’re a great bunch of kids and your heart goes out to them.” Plaza, who is currently unable to represent Central F.C. until January following his return from playing in Belgium added “It’s really nice to meet these kids and see how excited they are about the gifts. “ 

Central F.C. presented the home with T shirts, jeans and shoes donated by Glenford Jones of Jonesy Sportswear. “It was great to see the children choosing which items they wanted.” said Ali “They also received various hair care products, soaps and deodorants donated by Oscar Francois. But I think only the staff were pleased to see the school products which we received from CDS Supplies!!” 

The older children were in for another treat as they got to wear their new clothes that evening when they went to Ato Boldon Stadium to watch Central F.C. play Point Fortin.   

“We wanted to make their day complete” said Central F.C. Operations Director, Kevin Harrison. “So we spoke to our friends at Bankers Insurance, who were kind enough to pay for a bus to carry the children to the game.” During the game, Harrison introduced the children to National Head Coach, Stephen Hart.

“It was really good of Stephen to take the time to chat to the boys and girls. They were a little awe struck at first, but soon Stephen was bombarded with questions. I think this was the children’s favourite part of the evening.” The children were also treated to soft drinks and a KFC meal courtesy of Bankers Insurance to round off their evening.

 “As usual” said Harrison “We have to thank all of the people who made today happen for these children. These kids often feel isolated an ostracised by the community, so it was fantastic to see these companies reach out to give them a special day.”

Central F.C. will begin its annual Christmas Hamper collections this Saturday in California. Anyone wishing to donate tinned or non perishable food can contact the club on 679 5060


Football / First Citizens Sharks Helping All Citizens
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:44:29 PM »
In the same week that Central F.C. retained the First Citizen’s Cup when they battled to a 1-0 victory over North East Stars, the California based club announced their latest ground breaking event. 

Central F.C., in conjunction with Special Olympics TT will be hosting a Unified Football Training Course from 7th- 9th November at UWI (SPEC). The course is designed to introduce football coaches to the more specialised field of coaching special needs athletes.

“We always wanted Central F.C. to be a totally inclusive club and we felt that differently-abled athletes were not given enough support. “ said Central F.C. Managing Director, Brent Sancho. “Some of the programmes that we would like to arrange will require specialised coaching and we discovered that there just isn’t enough of these coaches in T&T” 

The course, which is a international Special Olympic mandate, will be part classroom theory and part training field practical coaching. The course is geared towards fostering an atmosphere of inclusion, rather than condescendingly treating the athletes as being “limited” or “special”.   “While we accept as a club that perhaps these footballers may never represent our senior team, maybe one day we can take a unified team overseas to play some matches. And, of course, everyone can be a Sharks supporter!” added Sancho  Sancho said that the original plan was to bring over a specialised coaching team from an English Premier League club. But one of the conditions of the visit was the provision of coaches versed in this specialised field.   

”When we realised that there was a shortage of specialised coaches, we could have simply given up. But that’s not the Central F.C. way. We saw a need and decided to rectify it.” said the former Soca Warrior. 

There are a limited number of places available and anyone interested in joining the course, which is free, can contact the Central FC Differently-Abled Inclusion Manager, Amiel Mohammed at marketing.centralfc@gmail.com. 

Meanwhile, Sancho said that Central F.C. do not intend to rest now that they have secured the season’s first major title. “Every game is a cup final for us” said Sancho “We have an important game against Police this week. We’ve played 5 games in 15 days and the intensity doesn’t help injury recovery. However, that’s the price of success and with venues being a constant source of difficulty, we have to rely on a strong squad to see us through.” 

But, with one trophy in the cabinet and the club sitting on top of the Pro League, The Sharks seem to be hungrier than ever.

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Football / Sharks bring Christmas Joy to the community
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:33:05 AM »
The Sharks bring Christmas Joy to the members of its community in the new edition of THE SHARK. Check it out and share http://issuu.com/central.fc/docs/the_shark-_volume_4

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