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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2018, 06:51:34 AM »
Was there a TTFA Media release that announced the naming of a National Elite General Programme Manager?
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2018, 02:01:50 PM »
Was there a TTFA Media release that announced the naming of a National Elite General Programme Manager?
Are you wondering, Who is, What qualifications, and Where acquired does the present guy have ? and/or When the job was posted ?

at least it's not a playback.. Fevrier, Anton, Shabazz, Charles, etc etc
which probably mean, he will soon be a scapegoat, or might move on due to unknow reasons.   :devil:
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2018, 12:00:51 PM »
Was there a TTFA Media release that announced the naming of a National Elite General Programme Manager?
Are you wondering, Who is, What qualifications, and Where acquired does the present guy have ? and/or When the job was posted ?

at least it's not a playback.. Fevrier, Anton, Shabazz, Charles, etc etc
which probably mean, he will soon be a scapegoat, or might move on due to unknow reasons.   :devil:

There's no secret that the federation is generally vulnerable to charges implicating a lack of transparency. However, at times, the federation appears to needlessly open itself to these claims based on what appears to be a culture of "doh say nutten, jes ride".

While in football it's common to surround oneself with people one trusts and whose work product one finds acceptable, barring advertisement of the position, how was the National Elite General Programme Manager selected? Whose role is it to select a person in that position? When did it occur?

I do know that the person in the role has had a working relationship with W Connection and this probably placed him in a position to have had the quality of his work evaluated previously. In the video above (and others) his statements are responsible, straightforward and reflect commitment to working effectively. I also hold the view that the person in the role has a preparation that should equip him to do the job. He has formative experiences in football. Nonetheless, it's reasonable to ask whether the position was announced, is it paid, of what duration, and under whose evaluation etc?

I don't want to invoke a nationalistic drum because I believe that the movement of professionals across CARICOM is a particularly "good thing" (especially in football), but Sam go bawl if he discovers that the person in the role has ties to St. Lucia.

And, Sam will no doubt recall that under this "federation" a coach born in T&T, who returned to T&T to engage in national elite development, has been reported as being treated with contempt.






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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2018, 06:29:12 AM »
Fevrier offers update on T&T U-15’s progress; Connection staff dominate TTFA boys elite programme
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Elite Under-14 programme head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier told the TTFA Media that he is pleased with the response of his players so far, as they continue their preparations at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

At present, Fevrier oversees the development of 40 players under the NLCB programme, which started in 2017. His squad will form Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under-15 Team for the CONCACAF 2019 Championship.

Fevrier, the W Connection head coach and Soca Warriors assistant coach, leads an Under-14 staff made up almost entirely of current or past Connection employees. He is assisted by Connection youth coaches Leonson Lewis and Clyde Leon as well as goalkeeper coach Aquelius Sylvester, medic Troy Boodoosingh, team manager Wesley Webb and general manager Gary St Rose.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams is also the owner of W Connection and the selection of the youth team staff caused consternation among coaches from more successful local youth clubs like San Juan Jabloteh.

Fevrier, a St Lucian, is one of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League’s most successful coaches and did not disgrace himself in a short stint in charge of the National Senior Team in 2003—under then football president Oliver Camps. And he reported that the youth team is progressing well and should offer benefits to the local game in the long run.

“So far we have been training four days a week,” said Fevrier. “We have been concentrating on more technical work and we’ve just introduced some tactical awareness work.

“We are trying to get the youths to get an understanding of the system we would like to play and the roles and responsibilities. We have been pleased with their response as they have been very enthusiastic and we also have the support of the parents, which is important.”
Trinidad and Tobago, led by coach Russell Latapy, lost all four games at the CONCACAF 2017 Under-15 Championship as they fell to Costa Rica (4-0), USA (6-0), Canada (3-0) and Jamaica (8-1).

Fevrier hopes better preparation can make a difference when Trinidad and Tobago next lines up against the Confederation’s best teams in that age-group

“We are focusing on the basics, passing, controlling the ball, supporting, running with the ball [and] scoring,” Fevrier told the TTFA Media. “It’s about getting them to understand that you have to know what you are doing when you are on the football field. It is not by instinct only but, apart from instinct, you must also be more conscious when you get into certain positions.”

St Rose, who is the general manager of the Elite Programme, further explained the goal of the NLCB-funded scheme.

“It is not just about on-the-field training or technical and tactical training but it is about delivering to the boys a well-developed, holistic programme so they can develop all round,” said St Rose. “We have incorporated into the regime physical fitness testing, nutrition, psychology and even some social events for them. What we are trying to look at [is] every aspect of their football and personal development and work at that as much as possible week in, week out, so at the end of the day we can get a better person and football product.”

Marlon Charles is the head coach of the Girls’ Elite Programme, which will be tested at the CONCACAF 2018 Girls’ Under-15 Championship.

Trinidad and Tobago, with Charles as head coach, defeated the Dominican Republic (4-0) at the CONCACAF 2016 Under-15 Championship but also lost to USA (22-0), Haiti (5-0) and Mexico (11-0).

Jamaal Shabazz, the Women’s National Senior, Under-20 and Under-17 Team coach, said his recommendation is that the TTFA should not send a team to this year’s CONCACAF Under-15 competition if they may end up in a similar group since the girls are not yet ready for that level of competition.

Charles, a veteran national women’s coach, led Trinidad and Tobago to the Women’s Caribbean Under-17 title in 2013—although Jamaica, who were hosts of the CONCACAF tournament, did not participate in the Caribbean round.

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2018, 06:53:32 AM »
WATCH: Former national midfielder Clyde Leon talks about his work as an Assistant Coach in the National Elite Boys U-14 programme

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2018, 08:03:44 AM »
WATCH: Head Coach Marlon Charles talks about the National Elite Girls programme

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2018, 09:26:48 AM »
On some of the video evidence, it's clear that we are stretching the word "elite" (re: the girls).

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2018, 10:15:51 AM »
On some of the video evidence, it's clear that we are stretching the word "elite" (re: the girls).

More like "delete"...

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2018, 11:34:01 AM »
On some of the video evidence, it's clear that we are stretching the word "elite" (re: the girls).
he not kidding bout the amount of work required. The above program is destined to fail. Even if the girls manage to improve, by that time, they would be gearing to go away or moving on with their life. They most certainly won't be getting pro contracts or scholarships - maybe one or two, and they will quickly become aware of that, no matter how passionate they or these coaches might be.
Look like they need to be looking at a even younger age group. whatever age we saw in the background would not have the time for normal living and getting ready to be even below average standard. They have to start with 8 to 10 year olds, in each zonal region, travel to them - their central regional ground- on different scheduled days. They will get to observe more kids and generate more interest and parental and community support. As the girls get older, they can then choose who is ready for next level, not start from scratch with girls who will be quitting in the short-term.
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2018, 12:13:22 PM »
Then that cyah be $$$ being well-spent ... properly applied.

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2018, 12:27:38 PM »
Then that cyah be $$$ being well-spent ... properly applied.
What $$$...u mean ccc ents without sense   but is so we does just take ah shot instead of shooting for a goal..even if yuh not gonna score, pass to somebody who will or pass around until your team can score..don't shoot for shooting sake, that is a nil result, isn't it.. or I could be wrong, is just fete match, we playin for kicks and fun

add: Show our girls videos like these , to indicate what they have to achieve..show them from young..not when they are already at that age
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jAZgwsg7oM
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2018, 03:09:22 PM »
Now watching this and getting into this program. We're going about this the wrong way. We're wasting time and money with this program on both the boys and girls side.

We should be using this program to establish long-term objectives. This is not it.
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2018, 06:09:37 PM »
Why have an elite program if we don't have a proper developmental one. Where the elite players coming from? Growing out of the ground like turnips?
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2018, 11:28:48 PM »
Why have an elite program if we don't have a proper developmental one. Where the elite players coming from? Growing out of the ground like turnips?
They travel far and wide across the country, and select them from the very rare and difficult to locate Elite tree. The thing about that damn Elite tree it could grow right in yuh yard, and you thinking is ah gru gru bef tree, call yuh padna Charles, and he tell yuh is Elite is Elite, oui  :devil:

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« Reply #44 on: March 10, 2018, 10:29:08 AM »
This program should have been one of education. Assist local clubs in how they should go about developing players. What the NT looks at in selecting players (tactically - technically - psychologically - physically - socially). How to structure the club administration. How to generate player interest and commitment. How to secure some form of sponsorship. How to involve the community. How to set up intra-club league/play.

Then the next cycle should be working directly with players at their clubs so that players, coaches, and administrators can see and understand what it's like to work with the NT set-up.

The following cycle should be invites to a limited number of players, coaches, and administrators to the "Elite Centers" for training session. These group changes regularly and are not set.

The scope of this program should be to interact with and develop as many players, coaches, and administrators as possible to operate at the highest level possible.
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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2018, 11:37:12 AM »
This program should have been one of education. Assist local clubs in how they should go about developing players. What the NT looks at in selecting players (tactically - technically - psychologically - physically - socially). How to structure the club administration. How to generate player interest and commitment. How to secure some form of sponsorship. How to involve the community. How to set up intra-club league/play.

Then the next cycle should be working directly with players at their clubs so that players, coaches, and administrators can see and understand what it's like to work with the NT set-up.

The following cycle should be invites to a limited number of players, coaches, and administrators to the "Elite Centers" for training session. These group changes regularly and are not set.

The scope of this program should be to interact with and develop as many players, coaches, and administrators as possible to operate at the highest level possible.
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:  you trying to show sensible planning or what ? The  ;)

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #46 on: January 16, 2019, 01:42:42 AM »
TTFA neglects Elite Girls; administrators struggle to explain why U-15 Girls inactive for five months.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Five months after Trinidad and Tobago was controversially forfeited from the Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship in the United States, the local Girls’ National Under-15 Team have not held a single training session and have no idea when next they will meet on the football field.

Team manager Vernetta Flanders confirmed that the girls programme is dormant at present.

“Our last training session was in the first week of August last year,” Flanders told Wired868. “I’ve asked the programme director and he said information should be coming to me shortly. The parents and the players have been asking when the programme will be restarted but I just can’t answer their questions. That is where we are at this point.”

Remarkably, the Girls Under-15 Team should be benefitting from a TT$10 million cash injection—with TT$8 million from the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) and TT$2 million from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA)—split over four years for the National Elite Youth Programme, which includes a boys team for the same age group.

There was nothing in the pact between the TTFA and NLCB suggesting that one sex deserved a bigger slice of the pie than the other; but the difference in how either team is faring is unmistakable.

Last July, as both elite teams neared their first overseas excursions, the football body creaked into action.

Late visa applications meant that the Girls Team never made it to their Concacaf tournament in Florida. At the time, US Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre memorably accused TTFA president David John-Williams of hurting talented young players by his “failure to plan.”

The Boys Team were also scheduled for a Caribbean Challenge Series competition in Curaçao at around the same time but found that the flights were booked. So, the local football body chartered them a plane.

Since then, the boys have continued their development with as many as four training sessions per week, while the girls have floundered.

“As we speak we are on a break [from the Christmas period] but we are supposed to recommence training on the 20th of January,” Boys National U-15 manager Wesley Webb told Wired868, “and then it would be twice during the week and twice on the weekend in preparation for the [Concacaf] tournament, which will be in the summer.”

TTFA National Elite Youth Programme coordinator Gary St Rose could not be reached for comment on the inactivity of the girls team or the apparent disparity in treatment between the two sexes.

John-Williams, who is the owner of Pro League team W Connection, was criticised in the past about the abundance of current and past Connection employees within the TT$10 million Elite Programme.

St Rose as well National Under-15 Boys Team head coach, Stuart Charles-Février, assistant coaches, Clyde Leon and Leonson Lewis, and Webb are all linked to Connection, which does not have a women’s team.

Women’s National Senior Team manager Jinelle James and goalkeeper Saundra Baron both accused John-Williams of misogyny last year while lashing out at his treatment of the Women Soca Warriors.

Women’s League Football (WoLF) president Sharon O’Brien, who is also a TTFA employee, declined the chance to comment and stated that her brief was to preside over local women’s football rather than the international game.

“TT Wolf has nothing to do with any national team,” said O’Brien. “The football association is in charge of the national teams; our job is just to give them the experience of playing football locally.”

TTFA technical director Anton Corneal could not say for certain why the Girls Under-15 Team was inactive but he did reveal that there had been financial issues.

“The administrative side is under Gary St Rose but he reports directly to me—and I met this scenario in place [when I was appointed technical director] with the coaches already under contract,” said Corneal. “Last May, the coaches—and this was the men’s and women’s at the time—asked me about payments and I did ask the TTFA; but I have no control over that.”

Nobody was able or willing to confirm whether the technical staff members for either team were fully paid. However, a source—who spoke on condition of anonymity—said Under-15 technical staff members received just one month’s salary since June 2018.

The head coach and manager of either team are under contract until June 2019 while the support staff allegedly receive payment without a written agreement.

Corneal has not been paid as technical director since June 2018 either and described himself as ‘close to breaking point’. He said local football coaches are thoroughly frustrated with the current situation.

“I have to ask myself what precedent do I set for other technical directors if I continue like this,” said Corneal. “The Under-15 coaches are being owed and it is similar to the grassroots programme where half were paid but the others were not.

“[…] It is difficult for me to ask them why they are not training under those circumstances.”

At TT$10 million over four years for the TTFA’s Elite Programme, the Girls Under-15 Team should, in theory, receive TT$1.25 million per year—less any administrative expenses. (In John-Williams’ first year in office, the local football body spent TT$1.26 million on legal fees, without winning a case).

Wired868 asked John-Williams to confirm the status of the Girls National Under-15 Team and whether staff members from either elite team were still owed money. He did not respond up to the time of publication.

However, TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George insisted that the girls are important to the local football body.

“The Under-15/Under-16 Girls represent a significant percentage of the TTFA’s continued investment into the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago,” stated Latapy-George, via What’s App. “As such, under the direction of the Technical Director and Technical Committee, the plans for the Team into 2019—as well as the age group under these young ladies—will be communicated to the Board of Directors to formalise the necessary implementation plan.

“In this way it will be assured that resources are adequately allocated to support the programme(s).”

Latapy-George could not say why the Girls Team needed to have a plan ‘formalised’ by the TTFA board while the Boys Team can apparently move seamlessly into 2019.

“I am unaware of any plan to start the boys programme any different to the position articulated for the girls,” said Latapy-George.

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #47 on: January 16, 2019, 09:09:41 AM »
 >:( :cursing: ??? :frustrated: :pissedoff: :banginghead:

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #48 on: January 17, 2019, 07:32:17 PM »
The use of the word "programme" in this context is farcical. Saturday morning cartoons are more serious.

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Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« Reply #49 on: January 21, 2019, 08:41:50 AM »
A national elite program is needed

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« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2019, 10:08:21 AM »
A national elite program is needed

Wholeheartedly agree. But who paying for it?