|FIFA GRASSROOTS TARGETS 6-12 YR OLDS|
The FIFA Grassroots Instructors course which ended at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence on Friday is aimed at providing the necessary guidance to countries throughout the region on how to reach out to youngsters who are not privileged to access development skills at the club or national level.
This was the feedback given by FIFA Grassroots coordinator Jorge Diaz Garcia who arrived from Spain to oversee the seminar.
Garcia pointed out that the week -long event was one the of the more promising ones he has been to and expects that the region should benefit from the knowledge being passed on.
“What we are trying to achieve is a level of understanding for the development of the game at the lowest level.. the grassroots level where youngsters can learn the game and understand it better through assistance from coaches of the various national associations. We intend to help all the associations but FIFA has saying that we do when you do so when the associations can implement measures to improve the development then FIFA will give the necessary assistance from providing all the equipment, the expertise and even financing where necessary,” said Garcia. Governments are also earmarked to be part of the project.
The focus will be placed on teach the game to kids between the ages of 6-12 and coaches from the various countries are being taught on how to pass on the coaching skills to other coaches from their respective countries who can then go into the various communities an work.
Pilot projects have already been carried out by football associations in China PR, Tahiti, Mauritius and now T&T with a great deal of success
“The important thing with grassroots football is to give the game over to the kids. This FIFA programme is going to contribute a lot to football. We need to take away the idea of performance as far as kids are concerned and let them get back to enjoying the game,” commented Daryll Warner, FIFA Development Officer based in Trinidad.
Among the coaches from T&T who participated included TTFF youth development officer Anton Corneal, Muhammad Isa, Jefferson George and Jamaal Shabazz while there were other participants from Canada,United States, St Lucia, Suriname, St Vincent/Grenadines, Bermuda,Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts/Nevis, Anguilla, Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica. Alvin Corneal and Costa Rica’s Rodrigo Kenton were the FIFA instructors involved along with Paul Grafer from Concacaf (Dec 11,2010)