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Elite under 15 footballers and their coaches from grassroots football programs who are a part of the northern High Performance Center (HPC) will get the opportunity to be coached and scouted by coaches from two major European clubs. The players and coaches will participate in a four day (4) camp starting on Monday July 13th at the SAB playing field. The facilitators for the camp are from Manchester United of the English Premier League and Dundee United which placed fifth (5th) in the Scottish Premier League.

The camp will include theoretical classroom sessions for the coaches followed by practical sessions involving the coaches and players. The aim of the coaching course is to provide the local coaches with methodologies and coaching strategies to develop elite youth players. For the youth players, the professional coaches will conduct evaluations of their technical abilities, fitness levels, understanding of the game and attitude towards the sport.

In the past two (2) years the northern High Performance Center has executed several coaching courses and overseas tours. Last summer two HPC attendees got the opportunity to attend a camp for elite youth players in Belgium, another group along with a coach participated in the prestige Dallas Youth Cup in Texas as well as a youth tournaments in Trinidad. Additionally coaches from Belgium, Holland and Scotland have visited Saint Lucia to teach professional coaching methods to youth coaches and to also assess the level of development of the attendees of the HPC.

This year’s camp is the result of tremendous corporate support and the efforts of the grassroots programs which make up the HPC. The corporate partners include Sandals Foundation and CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers who paid for the airfare for the visiting coaches. Subway, CFL, Renwick & Company, the Coal Pot restaurant, Saint Lucia Recreation Center along with the Ministry of Sports and the Saint Lucia Football Association (SLFA).

 

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