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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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Re: TTFA begins its new Grassroots Program
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 01:00:07 PM »
Who's involved in this grassroots programme Richard?

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2016, 06:19:53 PM »
I hope the program reap its desired benefits. Hopefully we can see some videos of the program and continued updates on status of the progress of kids who are enrolled in the program.

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Re: TTFA begins its new Grassroots Program
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2016, 03:43:24 AM »
Who's involved in this grassroots programme Richard?

Muhammad Isa is currently spear-heading this programme.
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Re: TTFA begins its new Grassroots Program
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2016, 07:09:18 AM »
Who's involved in this grassroots programme Richard?

Muhammad Isa is currently spear-heading this programme.
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Re: TTFA begins its new Grassroots Program
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 11:20:20 AM »
Who's involved in this grassroots programme Richard?

Muhammad Isa is currently spear-heading this programme.
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From info gathered (I couldn't be there) it started late. I can only hope it went well.
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National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 06:38:00 PM »
Top FIFA and CONCACAF officials in T&T for launch of National Elite Youth Development Programme
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association will be hosts to two high powered football officials from FIFA and CONCACAF this week as the local governing body plans to promote the development of the local game.

Veron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA’s Director of Member Associations and Development and Hugo Salcedo, CONCACAF’s Director of Development will be the featured guests at the TTFA’s launch of its National Elite Youth Development Programme which takes place at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain on Friday evening.

Both Mosengo-Omba and Salcedo will also partake in meetings with TTFA President David John-Williams and other TTFA officials to discuss various initiatives pertaining to the youth development programme and the overall development of local football.

Mosengo-Omba, has also served as Secretary to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee as well as Legal Counsel, UEFA Disciplinary Service.

Salcedo has held many positions in FIFA, the United States Soccer Federation and the MLS. He is also a former US National Olympic Football team member. Salcedo has in the past also served as FIFA Development Officer for the region of CONCACAF with the task of supervising and helping member associations as they implemented FIFA Goal programmes, as well as noting trends that emerged in their respective areas. He has also served as a FIFA General coordinator for several of its international competitions.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2016, 10:13:29 AM »
TTFA secures $8m Partnership with NLCB for National Elite Youth Development Program
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association on Friday evening announced a partnership with the National Lotteries Control Board valued at $8 million over a four-year period as it launched its National Elite Youth Development Program at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain.

The announcement was hailed by CONCACAF Director of Development Hugo Salcedo as one of the most significant  youth development program initiatives in the Confederation while FIFA’s Director of Member Associations and Development Veron Mosengo-Omba described it as one  mirroring what FIFA had in mind to be implemented by its members far and wide.

TTFA President David John-Williams disclosed details of the partnership and outlined some parts of the program during his address at the launch which was aired on live television via Wi Sports and on Radio on I95.5FM.

“Two months after being elected into office the new TTFA administration approached The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) with a proposal, seeking their support and partnership for a specifically designed National Elite Youth Football Program, to meet the aforementioned stated objectives. After months of discussion and negotiation the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) today is pleased to announce an historic partnership with the NLCB which will see them support a National Elite Youth Development Program for both male and female to the tune of $8,000,000.00 over a period of four years,” John-Williams stated.

“The TTFA undertakes to pump a further $2,000,000.00 in value which will take the form of both cash and non cash investment, over the same period into this program. Ladies and gentlemen a Grand Total of $10,000,000.00 direct investment in our young football talent, some of whom we are sure will become the stars of tomorrow and possibly national heroes in the not too distant future.”

The aforementioned objectives John-Williams referred to are as follows –

-The well-established model to consistently qualify for FIFA World Cups, at all levels, is based on a proper and sustained National Youth program.”

-The strategic plan further proposed a number of actions to achieve this objective, which amongst them were:
  • That all football Academies and Football Schools in Trinidad & Tobago, must be registered with the TTFA and be staffed with qualified coaches; and
  • To introduce a year round national youth team U13 programme (progressing to U14 . the following year),and have those teams play between 4 – 6 friendly matches locally and one internationally per year.
“Such a single large investment in youth football has been unheard of in the history of the TTFA. Two weeks ago when I announced “to stand by for a big announcement”, many may have thought that the TTFA may today be announcing a major sponsorship deal relating to its Men’s National Senior Team and World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018,” he added.

“Whilst getting to Russia is very important to us as a nation, we feel that it is equally important to rebuild the foundation that will ensure that we qualify on a consistent basis to all youth and senior World Cups in the future.

“In broad terms, this National Youth Elite Program will seek to foster the dedication and discipline required to be a successful professional sportsman, and instil a professional approach to football in Trinidad Tobago from a very early age, and at the same time integrating the program into communities, thus creating a national bond that will allow for the rekindling of the national spirit with a home grown team,” John-Williams stated.

According to the TTFA President, the TTFA’s  approach to the program will be:

To scout and select our best U13/14 boys and girls and nurture this special pool of talent so that they form the core of our national teams at the U13/15, U17, U20, U23 and senior levels from 2017 through 2034; and to hone the talent of these young footballers through specialised football and life skills training;

Amongst other things therefore, we propose to develop and implement the following:

A programme of year-round coaching, training and national team duty inclusive of 2- 4 week periods of being ‘in camp’,
  • To have a schedule of games to be played that includes one friendly international game every two to three months;
  • To procure the necessary personal and team performance recording and monitoring equipment to enable scientific performance analysis and assessment;
  • To implement a Personal Development Program (PDP) for each player, including nutrition education, educational assessment and tutoring for the players
  • To maintain a players’ ledger on all those involved in the program to ensure accuracy of their playing history and professional career progress.
The FA would also be promoting the formation of a parent and family support unit for the players.

“Very importantly also, as we are doing with all our national teams, care and attention is being paid to the staffing of the program, which will include an overall Program Director, and with each team having a Team Manager and Head Coach, along with the necessary support staff. We will also complement the development of players with tutors and mentors who will facilitate life skills coaching & training as required,” he continued.

“It also our intention to ensure the ongoing development of the specialist staff attached to these teams, which includes but is not limited to having them exposed to FIFA, UEFA & CONCACAF courses.”

In return for its large investment the NLCB will be recognised as an official GOLD Sponsor and partner of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as well as the title sponsor of Trinidad &Tobago National Elite Youth Football program;

They will have rights to a minimum of two field advertising boards at every international game held under the auspices of the TTFA that is played locally for the period of this partnership. They will also be given travel uniform branding for all youth teams from U13 through to U17 (including travel polo, training kits, bags, etc.);

A package of other benefits to NLCB will among other things include:

The opportunity for branding and advertising at all venues where the respective teams train and play; TTFA Website branding with direct link to NLCB webpage, and VIP tickets to all national team home games.

“Ladies and gentlemen, forgive me if I sound like a politician in the next few lines. However I believe it is important to celebrate the achievements and hard work of the TTFA over the past 11 months,” John-Williams said.

The TTFA introduced for the first time an online ticketing system which afforded our patrons all across Trinidad and Tobago easy access to game day tickets. From Toco to Icacos, Port of Spain to Mayaro, and from Crown Point to Charlotteville patrons were able to purchase their tickets from any one of the 900 NLCB lotto outlets.

This administration promised a change in financial management and to improve the finances of the TTFA- we have delivered by producing audited financial statements for the first time since 2008 as well as restoring the FIFA FAP funding.

“We promised “Education in the business of Football” – and we have started by hosting in June this year a workshop on Training and compensation for youth players and the benefits of the Solidarity payment systems related to the transfer of players.

“We promised to have our Men’s senior team play high profile friendlies – and you will recall we secured and played against full strength Peru, Uruguay and China National teams. The association was able to net after all expenses a modest profit from these games without soliciting the support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Permit me to add that our Men’s’ U20 team is currently on a 14 day pre-tournament camp in Panama in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union U20 Finals which takes place in Curacao from the 21st to the 30th October- all this was done again without soliciting Government support – As Tony Lee would say “without using your money and my money”

We promised a season ticket program in our manifesto – and we have delivered on this two weeks ago. We promised a National Youth Program. Have we delivered?”

“There are many good examples of sustained youth programs in countries like Belgium, France, Brazil, Mexico and USA. From today Trinidad and Tobago will be able to boast of having implemented such a program. I am also happy to report that the FIFA development officer for our region Howard McIntosh has asked me for permission to use our development model in other countries within the region. We are only too happy to oblige, in the interest of Caribbean football.

NLCB today has led by example in lending its corporate support to youth football in Trinidad and Tobago. I urge other corporate citizens to follow suit.

“NP fueling football in our nation” sounds like a really good slogan

“NGC CNG energizing the football of our nation” also seems and sounds very appropriate. I do also have one for The Unit Trust Corporation – “Placing our trust in the future of Trinidad &Tobago football”

“The TTFA will continue in its quest to improve the game locally. It is our intent in the not too distant future to lend some level of financial support to club football both at the Pro League and Super League levels in the first instance. When this TTFA administration promises it delivers – “so keep looking – and stay wired to the TTFA for the delivery of good news in football – if you want to call the number is 868 – FOR – TTFA”

“In closing on behalf of the Board of Directors, management and staff of the TTFA and on behalf of all the stake holders of football in Trinidad and Tobago I wish to sincerely thank the National Lotteries Control Board for their support of this National Elite Youth Football Program. Words cannot express how overwhelmed I am today to announce this partnership. I am confident that when the history books are written about “Football in T&T” NLCB is sure to find pride and place in it. From today onwards your legacy is assured in football in Trinidad and Tobago,” the TTFA President concluded.

Mosengo-Omba, disclosed during his address that FIFA is prepared to provide funding to the TTFA to the tune of US$1.5 Million for the construction of a National Football headquarters and Training Centre, providing that the local body can secure the required land lease from Government.

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2016, 11:01:20 AM »
It is a good amount of money but lets see where it goes.

hopefully they do something zonally and expose more and more kids and not just the "elite" ones.

training one team and taking them on tour is a waste of time at U13 level

need many teams in each zone and bubble that up to a select team.

The US ODP is a good model.

at you level it is about participation not so much finding start boys.

Start boy at U 19 might have been a shithound at U13 and vice versa




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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2016, 01:00:14 PM »
Excellent news all round.

I hope the TTFA don't take the money and give Isa and Shabaaz to run the entire programme because that will be a shame.

An academy would have been ideal instead.

A academy league as well.

Instead of short term courses.

Been hearing about a training Centre years now, let's see if DJW could finally get it done.


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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2016, 11:05:48 AM »
Good going, but lets see who will actually be benefitting from it. DJW insist on sticking with the same people who worked under Warner, time to bring new life into T&T football, not just from the field, but the backroom as well as the coaching staff.


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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2016, 03:30:15 AM »
CONCACAF Director lauds TTFA youth programme
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CONCACAF Director of Development Hugo Salcedo has showered praise on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association for its vision in establishing the recently launched National Elite Youth Development Programme.

Salcedo was a featured guest at the official launch of the programme at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain last Friday, joining FIFA’s Director of Member Associations and Development Veron Modengo-Omba.

“We are seeing something so different and I am really willing to congratulate the TTFA and the National Lotteries Board because this is a totally unprecedented situation we have seen here in CONCACAF. I have been involved in the game for a long time and I have been here maybe 12-15 times but (last Friday) is very special,” Salcedo said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for football in your country. We are speaking about future national players but do you realise that out of 300,000,000 players worldwide, only .02 percent are professional players, so what do we do with the rest.

“This is why this kind of programme is so vital and important.

Trinidad and Tobago is jumping ahead of CONCACAF because we are beginning with grassroots and jumping up to where you are now. It is important to produce good young boys and girls and then of course it is up to them to decide what direction they want to do,” Salcedo added.

“FIFA and CONCACAF are behind these programmes and I will speak on behalf of CONCACAF.

I will be back here again to speak more to (TTFA boss) David (John-Williams), Joanne Salazar and the TTFA because there are so many elements CONCACAF can bring to the programme with exchange programmes and so on,” he added.

“I will end by telling you that the way I see it personally and in CONCACAF that the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago is very bright,” Salcedo concluded.

The TTFA announced a four year partnership with NLCB valued at $8 million to run the programme.

The TTFA’s approach to the programme will be: To scout and select our best Under-13, Under-14 boys and girls and nurture this special pool of talent so that they form the core of our national teams at the Under- 13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and senior levels from 2017 through 2034; and to hone the talent of these young footballers through specialised football and life skills training among several other development measures.

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Latapy excited about National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2016, 10:51:41 AM »
Latapy excited about National Elite Youth Development Programme
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Former National Team captain and recent Under 17 head coach Russell Latapy is upbeat about the recent revelations by the TTFA to implement its new National Elite Youth Development Programme.

And the former Boavista and Glasgow Rangers man is anticipating the actioning of this massive project that will see focus being placed on the Under 13 age groups for national teams coming up through the ranks prior to the senior level.

“I am absolutely delighted about this. It has always been my feeling that we have a lot of knowledge here and talent and we needed to give more direction and nurturing towards this talent both for players and coaches. And I think a program like this affords us that opportunity,” Latapy said.

“My incentive has always been being able to help the younger ones, to give guidance and pass on my knowledge and I am happy we will be getting the opportunity to do so in what is a bit of an easier way now with the project. I am fired about that”

Latapy continued: “It is an opportunity to give a lot of young men that chance to do something with their lives and to help their parents, their families. It has a to be a program that would need to be well organised because there are a lot of kids in this country playing football. And we need it to be continuous. I congratulate the Association and NLCB for their vision.”
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TTFA to kickstart Elite Youth Development Programme in January
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2016, 03:54:06 PM »
TTFA to kickstart Elite Youth Development Programme in January
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The National Elite Youth Development programme of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association sponsored by NLCB will officially get underway in January 2017.

This was the word coming from TTFA head coordinator of Technical Programmes Jamaal Shabazz.

Shabazz said the planning phase will take centre stage  during December during which the FA will engage the various entities and regional associations that will be affiliated with the nationwide programme for boys and girls.

“There have been a lot of rumours that the Elite development programme has been started but it has not been started. I did not come to run around the programme. I came to run the program,” Shabazz told TTFA Media.

“We will start in a proper way and all the zones and the country  at large will know about it. It is not a secret. The sponsors have made a great input. NLCB have demonstrated that they have planted the corn. We want the butcher to send his son, the baker and the candlemaker to send his sons and daughters to to be part of this programme, “Shabazz added.

The TTFA will announce among other things, the schedules of screening sessions and selections in due course.

Speaking about the running of the programme, Shabazz explained “It will take a lot of well placed personnel to coordinating the efforts required for this. We are so thankful that NLCB have stepped forward as the sponsor of such a program. We are talking about engaging people from in the zonal associations across the country and then when we finally get the elite pool, we will need the coaches who will be qualified to coach that pool.

“We will need a large staff mainly of coordinators and coaches.We have already spoken to UEFA about setting up a course to teach coaches how to scout for talent and then we will also have a specific course for youth development in a more specialised way,” Shabazz said.

The following was outlined at the launch of the Elite Youth Development programme in October.

TTFA’s  approach to the program will include among other things –
  • To scout and select our best U13/14 boys and girls and nurture this special pool of talent so that they form the core of our national teams at the U13/15, U17, U20, U23 and senior levels from 2017 through 2034; and to hone the talent of these young footballers through specialised football and life skills training;

The TTFA proposes to develop and implement the following:
  • A programme of year-round coaching, training and national team duty inclusive of 2- 4 week periods of being ‘in camp’,
  • To have a schedule of games to be played that includes one friendly international game every two to three months;
  • To procure the necessary personal and team performance recording and monitoring equipment to enable scientific performance analysis and assessment;
  • To implement a Personal Development Program (PDP) for each player, including nutrition education, educational assessment and tutoring for the players
  • To maintain a players’ ledger on all those involved in the program to ensure accuracy of their playing history and professional career progress.
The FA would also be promoting the formation of a parent and family support unit for the players.
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Shabazz offers TTFA National Elite Youth Program update but Eve and Taylor point to flaws
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Nine. You can count as many as nine players who are currently in the national senior squad who began their careers at Under-13 level under the watchful eyes of former Trinidad and Tobago World Youth Cup coach, Anton Corneal.

And if National Youth Football Coordinator Jamaal Shabazz has his way, Under-13 football may well be where national football finds its salvation in the not-too-distant future.

“In Trinidad, we’ve grown accustomed to: Batman solved the problem, Superman solved the problem, Lone Ranger solved the problem,” Shabazz told Wired868, “so we look at the coach and not the program.”

“But when you have a program with a cadre of good players,” he continued, “once you have a decent coach, you can progress. From that team Corneal started at U-13 level, you [are] now seeing Daneil Cyrus, Curtis Gonsalves, Khaleem Hyland, Kevin Molino, Aubrey David, Sean De Silva, Leston Paul, Joevin Jones; all in the senior national squad.”

The plan that Shabazz has come up with for producing the next generation of national footballers, the NCLB-sponsored TTFA-run National Elite Youth Development Program, owes a lot to the ideas of the former National Under-20 coach.

“We’ve got to show respect to the work that Corneal did back in the day when he came back to Trinidad and started a similar U-13 program and that team qualified for the U-17 and U-20 World Cups,” Shabazz said.

Starting from scratch, he argues, would be to waste the available resources. So his idea is to build on the foundation that is already in place. Add training programs for selected coaches and the use of an established tournament system to scout talent and you have a youth football program that he is certain can work.

It all sounds fine in theory; after all, using the age-group system to spot budding footballers has been a part of the local game plan for years. However, not everyone on the ground is absolutely convinced that the tried-and-tested route is the way to go. And some simply don’t know what to think, so little do they know about what is proposed.

“I am clueless,” admits Trinity College East coach Michael Grayson, who was named among the all-time top Secondary School Football League (SSFL) coaches earlier this year. “I don’t know what’s going on, I’m not part and parcel of anything. I don’t know if the secondary school league is involved because, since I’ve been at Trinity, I haven’t been at meetings. […] I don’t know if they have involved them in it. But the bottom line is I haven’t been contacted.”

Asked whom the TTFA has in mind to coach in the different regional FA’s, TTFA Technical Director Muhammad Isa said that official word on the direction the program will be taking will be revealed to the football-loving public at the end of this month.

He said that he could not yet give any names of coaches but he did name a handful of scouts who are already active in the Program. They include Dexter Cyrus and Dexter Francis in the south, Shurland David and Marlon Charles in the east and Atiba McKnight in the Central Zone.

But like Grayson, Central FA general secretary Clynt Taylor does not have a lot to say about the Program that is complimentary. He complains, for instance, about the lack of information coming from the TTFA.

“Since they told us about this youth program last year,” he told Wired868, “we sent out a representative to one of the meetings. They just came and told us: This is what we’re having, we’ve got x amount of money to have this program and we’ll send you information shortly on what we’re going to do.’”

Taylor made no attempt to disguise his extreme disappointment with what has happened so far.

“They called us to another meeting,” he continued, “and that meeting too was very disappointing because nobody is taking minutes or notes of what members are saying and you have the chairman practically sleeping on himself!”

According to Taylor, almost everyone present at the December meeting strongly objected to the proposal to have a zonal tournament in the long school vacation.

“We’re at the stage where we have called some scouts for the [youth] Pro League matches,” Shabazz had explained, “and the Republic Youth [mid-April] matches that are going to come up in each zone, that’s going to be run by All Sports Promotions.”

But this scouting process is only the first step towards establishing an U-13 national team next year. High on the menu is a national zonal competition in the coming July/August vacation that will involve players from the six regional zones who competed in the Youth Pro League and the Republic Bank Youth Tournament.

“After the zonal competitions, we hope by the end of the year to put together a national pool,” Shabazz went on. “And from next year, the staff for national teams can develop a program which will include friendly internationals for a younger age group.”

The friendlies are a part of the package the TTFA promised last October when the program was launched with a gala event at the Trinidad Hilton. TTFA President David John-Williams said at the launch that as many as four to six local friendly matches and one international friendly will be played each year.

“I don’t envision that as a grassroots elite program at all,” Taylor responded. “Running a tournament is not a grassroots program. […] The Elite Program in my opinion should deal with the development of players. That Youth Pro League and Republic Youth Cup is (sic) just a tournament; that’s just young children going out there and kicking some ball.

“How does that help them develop a skill, develop a talent, identify the areas they need assistance in and get someone working with them?”

He went on to echo Grayson.

“We’re yet to see what they’re doing, so that’s why it’s difficult to know,” said Taylor, “and to really comment as much until you know where they’re really going. They’re saying they’re going in that direction but there’s nothing to back it up.

“We thought the idea behind it was to develop youth players throughout Trinidad and Tobago [and] not scouting for players to bring them into a team [to] develop a few players but it was an overall development of youth players throughout the regions where you can now go out and scout for adequate talent because we have been developing these players on a program.

“Not that we’re going to look for players and scout for players and work with them exclusively. If that is the intention, then I think we misread what we were hearing from them initially.”

Angus Eve, who coaches Pro League team Club Sando and led Naparima to the 2016 SSFL Big Four title, hinted that Shabazz might be giving Corneal too much credit. According to him, he would not have been able to do what he did without the help of a developmental system.

“I have an old article with Anton Corneal thanking Jabloteh for developing Kevin Molino,” he said, “and all of these boys who played for that U-17 [World Cup team].”

Eve believes that looking for talent within the current local set-up is the most effective way to develop players. But he’s not at all certain that what Shabazz proposes is the way to go.

“Our society is not built up like England where there is a natural path to professionalism,” he said. “We have to put better coaches in the primary schools.”

Elaborating, he says that the Elite Program should have appointed “area coaches so you have six qualified proper coaches. They go to the schools like they used to do long time when I was a child and develop the boys in those schools.”

Pointing to “a whole cadre of Pro League coaches,” he wondered aloud about the criteria being used to assess and select them and the role they will be expected to play.

“Look,” he said, “they took Stern [John] who was an assistant coach at Central, [to assist with the National Senior Men’s team] but Dale Saunders, who won [two] Pro League titles in a row [as Central head coach], what does he have to do to be in the Elite Program?”

Finally, calling for the TTFA to give these coaches “their respect [because] they can do the job,” he declared in a clear reference to the arrangements in place for the coaching staff of the National Women’s Team, that “the systems are already there. Pay the coaches so that they can be full-time like the Italians and them.”

At the launch, John-Williams insisted that the football academies across the country would be staffed with qualified coaches. Shabazz clued Wired868 in on the plans to make this a reality by looking across the pond for the required help.

“Right now, we’re in talks with UEFA in terms of setting up a coach education program where we could standardise coach education,” he said. “We went backwards because, back when [Jack] Warner was in charge, we had an arrangement with the Dutch Federation. With the coming of Mr [Raymond] Tim Kee, that was knocked out.

“So now we’re in talks with UEFA to set up a licence—like a “B” and “A” licence—that would be our own licence to mirror standards in UEFA.”

Eve insisted that there already are a lot of already qualified candidates operating in the local game.

“There are a lot of coaches,” he said. “If they do a database they will see there are a lot of coaches who have their UEFA “B” and “C” licences. You have Hutson Charles, Derek King, Anthony Rougier…”

“If I were running the Elite Program, I would get qualified coaches, put them in secondary schools and primary schools and then from that you pull your [U-13] national team. Then you have the national team coach and that is now your elite program.”

The fact is that neither Grayson nor Eve nor Taylor is running the Elite Program. Shabazz remains, for the moment, the one saddled with that responsibility. And he is confident—insistent both that the umbrella body is already on the right track and that the ambitious program will hit its proposed targets.

“The feedback of the people who started scouting has been very good in terms of the individual ability of the players,” said Shabazz. “From here, we need to really harness that talent.”

The questions that Shabazz and his principals will have to ask themselves are this: Is harnessing “that talent” enough to get T&T football where the TTFA wants it to go? And can they really do without the talent of coaches like Eve, Grayson, Saunders, King and co?

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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2017, 04:16:36 AM »
TTFA Grassroots festival creates buzz in Felicity and La Brea.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Grassroots Festival for kids ages 6-11 moved into La Brea on Saturday with a three-hour coaching clinic at the La Brea Recreation Ground.

There was a buzz around the venue as close to one hundred youngsters from six Primary Schools and coaching schools in the area assembled to take part in the second edition of the grassroots festival which commenced last weekend at Green Park, Felicity in Chaguanas.

There are thirty sessions scheduled to take place at various venues within the six regional associations under the TTFA between May and August, 2017.

Kids are being taught the basics of the game with an emphasis on player participation and enjoyment as coaches who have all been trained by the TTFA coaching instructors and been part of the recent TTFA/CONCACAF Grassroots coaching course being utilised to guide the youngsters during the sessions.

TTFA Technical Director Muhammad Isa spoke about the positive turn out on Saturday.

“The participation level both here and in Felicity last weekend has been promising. Of course you always want to have more players involved but so far we have seen a lot of enthusiasm and the kids have been having fun which is the most important objective of this grassroots festival,” Isa told TTFA Media.

“I am satisfied with the progress and happy that the coaches have gotten the kids from the community to come out. There are a series of technical drills and game activities taking place. The zones will continue to have the grassroots activities and our concern from the TTFA is to see what talent we can identify between the 6-11 age group that we can now pick up and continue to nurture,” he added.

One of the grassroots coaches, Kendall Crawford from the southern football association added that there were kids with good technical ability on show and with potential to work with.

“So far we have all the kids engaged and the enthusiasm level is very high and we have seen a number of them who have shown technical promise and we have bodies of various types. This is where it all starts… at the grassroots level. If we don’t get them into the right structure from early then we are going to run into problems later down the road.

“In Felicity last week there was also a good turn out with strong showing from the kids and we are definitely hoping to push on with this type of progress in each of the zones,” Crawford added.

The next grassroots session will take place at the Blanchisseuse Recreation Ground on Saturday from 9am.

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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2017, 07:29:02 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2017, 11:50:59 PM »
Well it is good to hear I hope this would mean that we will be heading in the right direction..I must say that this is the best news so far..

I hope that it goes well..

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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2017, 04:58:13 AM »
Charles: Guiding footballers essential at youth level.
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Coach Marlon Charles said coaching at youth level is key, as it is important for coaches to understand how to interact with junior players because it will determine how footballers develop.

Charles holds a B License and a Football Association (FA) license in coaching. He conducted a three-day coaching course for primary school football coaches at last weekend’s Atlantic Coaching Excellence (ACE) programme at the Queen’s Royal College Ground in St Clair.

Charles said the course gave him the chance to identify coaches who may have the potential to become coaches. “It is an introductory coaching course and we call it the C prep. It is an opportunity for us to identify coaches to go to the next level which is the C License,” Charles said. “These three days were an opportunity to see these coaches and see what they are made of.”

Attaining a C License would allow the participants to coach at the primary school level. Charles said the manner in which a coach relates to primary school students can determine how the child develops. He said coaches must guide players as opposed to telling them what to do.

“If you don’t present the correct way, then you might have players not developing the way that they should because it all has to do with age appropriate training. You have to know what age group you are coaching (and how to relate to them), and this is what this introduction is all about.

”Charles also said the coaches were informed of a coach’s role and the commitment that the job requires. “The focus started with the role of the coach which is very important. It is very important for a coach when you get into this business of coaching, you have to choose if you want to be partially involved or you want to be part of it totally. To do this job you have to be part of it totally.”

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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2017, 02:16:11 PM »
Mom say, if yuh have nothing good to say, best yuh hush yuh mouth..so I will say this, just a observation, correct or not, open to discussion. Some guys interview very well, have a nice resume, talk a good game, but take awhile to actually be proficient at a job, whereas some guys can do the job very well, based on experience but don't have the fancy titles or resume. A good coach listens and learns from everyone. Good Teaching improves the students, learned students develops and improve a teacher's quality. Teachers learn from other Teachers, regardless of levels or degrees.

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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2017, 03:34:32 PM »




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« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2017, 10:08:05 PM »
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« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2017, 02:55:09 PM »
This programme will not be successful without the right Director of Coaching and the right Technical Director.

I sincerely feel that Steven Hart should be Technical Director and the Director of Coaching should be a Brazilian or some other foreigner with the expertise and experience of Youth Development at the Pro Level.  I  say a country like Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina ..because the person would be more affordable than a European.

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« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2017, 08:23:08 PM »
I  say a country like Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina ..because the person would be more affordable than a European.

Where is TTFA getting that more for a foreign coach. You say the Latin Americans are more affordable. You sure about that?

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« Reply #27 on: December 24, 2017, 10:51:01 PM »
So much time dey bring people from Europe..dem people from South America wouldn't charge as much because is Pesos,Bolivars and Reals..not Euros,Pounds and Dollars we talkin bout.

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« Reply #28 on: December 24, 2017, 11:23:44 PM »
So much time dey bring people from Europe..dem people from South America wouldn't charge as much because is Pesos,Bolivars and Reals..not Euros,Pounds and Dollars we talkin bout.

Not sure about that, Breds.

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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2018, 10:18:35 AM »
TTFA Nationwide Primary Schools Project resumes on February 21st at eight venues
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The TTFA/Nu Iron Primary Schools nationwide project will resume on Wednesday February 21st with sessions at eight venues across the country starting at 10am and running until midday.

Following the first couple weeks, TTFA Technical Director Anton Corneal has described the response from the participants as encouraging with more schools requesting permission to be part of the activities.

Sessions have been held and will continue at such locations on Wednesday – Eddie Hart Grounds for St George East; Nelson Mandela Park 3 for Port of Spain and Environs; St Mary’s Government School for South Eastern; Palo Seco Velodrome for St Patrick; Montgomery for Tobago; Woodford Lodge, Chaguanas for Caroni district; TML Grounds, Farah Street in San Fernando for Victoria and Ojoe Road Recreation Ground in Sangre Grande for the North Eastern district.

“The numbers have grown since we started and that is an encouraging sign because it shows that there is an interest among the kids and the schools,” Corneal told TTFA Media.

“We have new schools asking every week to be part of the programme and we are hoping to grow from a 1000 kids at the eight venues on a weekly basis to 2,000 by the time we continue next term following the easter vacation. There’s been a lot of enthusiasm from the kids and good support from the schools,” Corneal said.

“Again this about introducing the kids to the basics of the game and getting them into a habit of wanting to play and enjoy the game. It’s really about us taking the game to them and if everytime we show up at the venues on a Wednesday we can see excitement on their faces and a desire to be involved then we can see this as a positive start on which we can continue to build on,” Corneal added

The Project is being hosted by the TTFA in conjunction with titled sponsor Nu-Iron and the Ministry of Education and is titled “Investing in our Youth. Kickstarting their Development.”

WATCH Conversations with the TTFA/NLCB National Elite Under 14 Boys Training Programme head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier and Programme General Manager Gary St Rose accompanied by glimpses of training.

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