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Now I'm certain a number of persons will disagree but the actual information and statistics give serious credibility to having our children remaining active during the pandemic.

There seems to be an incredible willingness to group everyone into a massive bracket of persons most likely to be infected, get sick and (unfortunately) die from COVID-19. However the data that is readily available for everyone and anyone to have access to somehow is either not being considered nor being received. So I'm going to bring to light significant bits of info for all here.

What's also bothering me is the seeming unwillingness of reporters to ask these very serious questions as the lack of activity in children has become a national health crisis in the last 20-30 years.

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/investigations-discovery/hospitalization-death-byage.html (Updated August 18 2020)
COVID-19 death rates of children below 18 years old ranges between 9-16x lower than the normal

www.cnbc.com/2020/09/15/the-coronavirus-has-killed-at-least-121-young-people-in-the-us-mostlyminorities-cdc-says.html Tuesday 15th September 2020
121 persons under 21 died due to COVID-19 in the US

As of September 21st 2020, the US had 199,525 persons deaths due to COVID-19

So....based on both bits of data... 121/199,525 is 0.0006064403

Overall, this review suggests that quarantine is associated with far reaching and significant negative
impact on psychological wellbeing of children and adolescents. Of more concern is the finding that
this negative psychological effect can still be detected months or years later. Stigma has also been
rife in children and families who underwent quarantine. As quarantine is essential to contain
diseases in many cases, it is important that steps and measures are taken to make this experience
less traumatic for vulnerable young people. This can be done by honest and age and
developmentally appropriate communication, ensuring routines and minimizing disruption in
education, encouraging healthy lifestyle, enhancing positive relationship between families,
managing parental stress and incorporation of health promotion activities in school curriculum.
These strategies may ensure that the physical and mental health impact of quarantine on children
and adolescents are kept minimal. Further research to examine long term impact of quarantine and
prolonged school closures on children are urgently needed to guide policies.

Both articles indicate significant mental health and stress issues with children and young people due
to COVID-19 practices of lock-down and quarantine

Based on surveys and research done in China, Bangladesh, Spain and Italy highlighted the severe
impact COVID-19 is having on their children and adolescent populations

The COVID-19 quarantine has affected more than 860 million children and adolescents worldwide,
but to date, no study has been developed within Western countries to examine the psychological
impact on their lives. The present study aims to examine for the first time the emotional impact of
the quarantine on children and adolescents from Italy and Spain, two of the countries most affected
by COVID-19. Participants were 1,143 parents of Italian and Spanish children aged 3 to 18 years
who completed a survey providing information about how the quarantine affects their children and
themselves, compared to before the home confinement. Results show that 85.7% of the parents
perceived changes in their children’s emotional state and behaviors during the quarantine. The most
frequent symptoms were difficulty concentrating (76.6%), boredom (52%), irritability (39%),
restlessness (38.8%), nervousness (38%), feelings of loneliness (31.3%), uneasiness (30.4%), and
worries (30.1%). Spanish parents reported more symptoms than Italians. As expected, children of
both countries used monitors more frequently, spent less time doing physical activity, and slept
more hours during the quarantine. Furthermore, when family coexistence during quarantine became
more difficult, the situation was more serious, and the level of stress was higher, parents tended to
report more emotional problems in their children. The quarantine impacts considerably on Italian
and Spanish youth, reinforcing the need to detect children with problems as early as possible to
improve their psychological well-being.

(26th October 2020)
Being active outdoors
If you don't have any coronavirus symptoms, you can go outdoors to be active as much as you like
throughout the day.
Walking, jogging or cycling are a great way to be active and get some fresh air and sunlight.
Non contact and contact sports are permitted for under 18s only indoors and outdoors. Over 18s
can't currently take part in group physical activity indoors or outdoors.
Field bubbles are created to allow under-18s to be active in contact sports but all participants should
physically distance when off the field of play and should follow strict hygiene rules.
To find out more visit Sport Scotland for specific sport guidance.

Ireland regulations per COVID-19 and sport

Based on the graph provided, the risk for anyone 19 and under dying is practically 0%.

W.H.O. on physical activity

From the American Academy of Pediatrics

Here are my questions. Feel free to add.

1. *Statement* It is understood that the Ministry of Health (GOTT) has mandated no contact
sport participation.

2. Has the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) conducted or has been conducting any
research specific to the effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic on children and adolescent age

3. Is there any indication that persons under the age of 18 are the main perpetrators of the
spreading of Coronavirus? If yes, please present the pertinent the data. If no, please state, to
the best of your knowledge of the data, how those persons got infected.

4. Based on the information from the CDC (US) and W.H.O. what is the major concern with
persons under 18 participating in contact sport?

5. Please list the contact sports that are banned or suspended under the current regulations:

(football, netball, basketball, field hockey, karate (judo, mixed martial arts), rugby, boxing,
volleyball, handball, futsal, cricket, water polo, athletics, cycling, gyms* (fitness), horse
racing (there may be more, please wait for their answer).

6. What are the current regulations in terms of group settings?

7. Do those regulations also apply to groups that would like to take part in contact sports? If
yes/no, explain based on the data from the CDC, W.H.O and countries who have insisted
that youth participation in contact sport (sport in general) must continue, such as US,
England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, China.

8. Based on the research and data provided, children and adolescents are being severely
affected by the current Coronavirus Pandemic and the measures that have been undertaken
by multiple governments around the world. What has the GOTT implemented to help those
persons who may be experiencing significant mental challenges and stress due in part to the
regulations and information being given distributed by the GOTT (quarantine, lock-down,
social (physical) distance, stay home, etc.)?

9. Has the GOTT given any thought to reversing the ban or suspension of contact sport
especially for children and adolescents based on the data provided by the CDC and W.H.O?

10. A directive has been given by the GOTT to resume national athlete and team training for
senior teams. Why not the junior teams if the risk to persons in those age groups is low?

11. Specifically speaking, football is most likely the sport with the highest level of youth
participation (N.B. athletics is a multiple sport discipline better known as Track and Field) in
Trinidad and Tobago. Grouped together with all team sports, approximately 60-70% of
children and adolescents are being affected negatively, as their main source of physical
activity is not available. Additionally, available data on children who stop being physically
active for extended periods of time are less likely to return to participation in an active
lifestyle. Has the GOTT taken this into account with the ban on contact sport?

12. Has the GOTT been able to determine the capability of the non-contact NSO’s and NGO’s
to absorb none/some/most/all of the children and adolescents who have been left without
their regular sport participation environment?

13. Is the GOTT addressing this particular situation actively with all NSO’s, NGO’s and local
regional government organisations and the THA?

14. Is there any data being collected that the GOTT can share per the increase/decrease of all
persons actively exercising due to the Coronavirus? This information should also include
children and adolescents who cannot participate in sport due to the contact sport ban but are
exercising otherwise.

15. Has the GOTT estimated the cost to the local sporting fraternity of both lock-downs and the
subsequent ban on contact sport (all age groups)?

16. What strategic plan/plan does the GOTT have to rebuild sport and participation of sport in
Trinidad and Tobago?

Football / Regional and International Youth Football in Tobago
« on: August 31, 2016, 05:30:15 PM »


Date: Sunday 21st August 2016

The Tobago FA U-16 Invitational team came from a goal down to beat the Pinelands Soccer Academy U-16 team 2-1 at the Mt. Pleasant Recreational Ground on Friday 19th August. The win secured 1st place for the Tobago FA U-16 team on 7 points, with Pinelands Soccer Academy 2nd with 6 points. Speyside and Bethel rounded off the 4-team table with 2 points and 1 point respectively, after playing out to a dramatic 3-3 draw. Bethel had to come from behind twice including the equaliser with 4 minutes to play.
In what was a hotly contested match, it was our neighbours from Barbados who took the lead with a header from Ijeo Thorne after Pinelands won a corner. The Tobago outfit could be blamed as it was a lack of marking which allowed for Thorne to rise above 7 Tobago FA U-16 players to place a powerful header past goalkeeper Duvaughn Daniel. In the 2nd half, both teams increased the intensity of the play in an effort to secure the win. However, it was Tobago who struck back with a powerful and determined run from St. Clair’s Coaching School and Signal Hill Secondary player Renaldo Samuel. The eventual winner came with 15 minutes to go as Samuel crossed from the right side to Roxborough Lakers and Scarborough Secondary School standout Jaiye Sheppard who lunged and volleyed the ball past the Pinelands custodian. 

Monday 15th August
1 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Speyside U-16 1
3 Bethel U-16 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy 4
Wednesday 17th August
4 Pinelands Soccer Academy vs Speyside U-16 2
5 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Bethel U-16 1
Friday 19th August
3 Bethel U-16 vs Speyside U-16 3
2 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Pinelands Soccer Academy 1
Scores for the U-13 matches
1 Bethel U13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Sunday 14th August)
3 Speyside U13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Tuesday 16th August)
0 vs St. Clair’s Coaching School U-13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Friday 19th August)
Written by Richard Goddard

Football / National Elite Youth Development Programme
« on: August 02, 2016, 05:13:31 AM »
The TTFA begins its new Grassroots Program on Wednesday 3rd August and Thursday 4th August 2016 at the Cyd Gray Stadium (Roxbourough) and the Bon Accord Recreational Facility respectively. Boys and girls ages of 6-13 are encouraged to attend. Community coaches are also welcomed to be a apart of this initiative, as it aims to help create a more positive development environment for all involved.

Program goes from 9am - 12 noon in Tobago. Times for the Trinidad venues are tbd.

Other venues (in Trinidad)

Movant Rec. Ground Aug. 8th
Cushe Rec. Ground Aug 9th
Eddie Hart Aug. 10th
Ojoe Road Rec. Ground Aug 12th
Tabaquite Rec. Ground Aug 17th
Barrackpore Rec. Ground Aug 19th

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