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  • Written by  Rawle Paterson

Scores of young footballers focused some of their vacation energies on improving their football skills, as they seek to draw closer towards scoring the goal of their professional dream.

The Uprising Youth football organization under the guidance of Shane “Man” Thomas and the Grenada Wellbeing and Sports Foundation, led by Trevor McIntosh, are just completing a three-week program at the Hillsborough Recreation Grounds.  

The training program has attracted children from every primary school throughout Carriacou, who have a passion for learning as much as possible about the sport towards enhancing their skills on the field of play.

Mr Thomas, who has been staging the event on an annual basis as part of his three-day-per-week development program for young children, says that he is impressed with the strides the children have been making.  Most of the young ones in the activity he says are those who have been involved in his program for some time now.  The ardent and committed football coach added that the participants were involved in a community-based match setting last Friday and such a program will be repeated today (Friday).

The match setting he says is for them to demonstrate how much they are able to retain and execute.  He added that while the children have been learning the various drills, the main objective of the exercise is to ensure that they have as much fun as possible.

Pointing out that the students are loaded with talent he said that after the present program is completed today, the students would return for one week in August when the summer program would end with the presentation of educational accessories and a special beach party for the participants.

Mr McIntosh pointed out that it was while serving as Technical Director of the Grenada Football Association he learned of the dedicated work of Mr Thomas and decided to observe for himself, the level of the program with the students.  He said that having discovered for himself he decided to assist this summer through his Wellbeing and Sports Foundation program.

‘I saw him working with about forty kids on his own and I wanted to help with such development”, said McIntosh.

The former GFA Technical Director said that his involvement is to help with the growth of the coaching program while at the same time allowing the students to learn as much of the skills as possible.

He said that they would like to later have development programs for children from under seven all the way up to senior.

“I heard there is already an under fifteen developmental team and we hope to have them in the GFA if it takes two years to do so”, said Mr McIntosh who has done coaching in several parts of the globe.

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