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Nestlé has announced an increase in its sponsorship to the tune of $200,000 throughout 2017 to help the Football Factory coaching school expand its activities. Nestlé will also provide MILO milk drinks, t-shirts and kit.

The Football Factory caters to children as young as four, right up to 24. They train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, all year round and along the way, they learn life skills through the power of football.

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WHAT IF there was a programme that gave underprivileged children a chance to make it to the big leagues in international football? It’s a dream that’s coming true, thanks to a partnership between Nestlé and the Football Factory Football Academy.

That partnership began in August 2016, when Nestlé helped the Football Factory host a successful summer camp that helped 40 at-risk children from Carenage, Laventille, Morvant and other areas. Since then the Club has expanded significantly, and now trains almost 200 young players, up from 140. 

Recently, Nestlé announced an increase in its sponsorship: In addition to providing MILO milk drinks and sponsoring T-shirts and kit, Nestlé will invest $200,000 throughout 2017 to help the Football Factory expand its activities. 

Founder and coach of the Football Factory, Terry Fenwick, said football camps with Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC are in the pipeline, as well as partnerships with United States schools to offer talented kids scholarships. “Trinidad and Tobago’s footballers are naturally very quick and strong, and, because we tend to play on uneven ground, very agile. 

These are attributes that top clubs are looking for,” Fenwick added. 

“Here at Nestlé, we are driven by a simple purpose: enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future,” said the company’s Corporate Communications Manager, Denise d’Abadie. 

“The Football Factory offers these youngsters a chance to have fun in a safe, supervised environment, and in some cases, puts them on the path to professional football. It’s a perfect fit for us.” The Football Factory caters to children as young as four, right up to age 24. They train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, all year round and along the way, they learn life skills through the power of football. 

According to Fenwick, a former Tottenham Hotspur and England defender, “our goal is to teach the kids discipline and leadership, and to help them learn to communicate, so that they have a better chance of succeeding in life.