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Atlantic’s Football Weekend lays foundation for talent
Some 50 young budding footballers could receive a start to their potential professional football career when the Atlantic Football Weekend takes place at Queen’s Royal College (QRC) from 8 am, as part of Atlantic’s development drive.
And at the same time T&T Football Association’s Technical Director Anton Corneal will conduct a Fifa Coaching License Course with the intention of sending coaches into the nation’s primary schools to lay a proper foundation for the many youthful talents.
Atlantic’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigel Darlow said at a launch at the Hotel Marriott in Port-of-Spain yesterday, that two activities will be focused on this weekend to facilitate his company’s initiative for development, namely Life Skills and a Coaching License course. According to Darlow, “When Atlantic sponsor these programmes, it is really providing a foundation to local football, particularly at the youth level.”
The programme started back in 2010 with the invitation of Earmon Mulvey and Kevin Ward, both from the Manchester United Football Academy. The coaches are here again but will this time be joined by former United striker Brian Mc Clair.
Mc Clair, a winner of three FA Cup and four Premier Division titles in a career 471 games at the club, told the young players they will have the coaching expertise of two great coaches that will assist in their learning. He reminded all that learning is easier at school when you have good teachers.
Mc Clair got into the sport at the age of two years and has since been gainfully employed through it. He told the audience that because he loved the sport so much he has never worked a day in his life.
Darlow also had some words of encouragement for young players, saying all the great footballers internationally had strong foundations.
He singled out Booby Charlton, the ex-England legend who was snapped up by Manchester United at the age of 16 years, while Sir Alex Ferguson, the former United Manager/coach credited the club for the successes he has had.
He believes his company’s investment in the youth will assist in providing a pathway for many. From the camps the children are encouraged to learn about team-work, discipline, fair-play and integrity.
The camp ends on Sunday with a series of exhibition matches that will be followed by an award function for both players and the coaches.
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