Dun­robin youth hone skills at INSPORTS clinic

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

KINGSTON: THE IN­STI­TUTE of Sports (INSPORTS) ex­tended its ef­forts to im­prove foot­ball in Ja­maica through tal­ent­de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes among youth, with the com­mence­ment of a foot­ball coach­ing clinic in Kingston at the Dun­robin play­ing field on Red Hills Road.

The on­go­ing foot­ball coach­ing clinic tar­gets young­sters in two age groups 8-15 years and 1520 years.

This is one of the many cen­tres be­ing es­tab­lished is­land­wide by the state agency, which is tar­get­ing 5,500 youth par­tic­i­pants with a pro­jected 65 per cent in­crease within a five­month pe­riod.

The all-is­land coach­ing pro­gramme fo­cuses on train­ing young tal­ent in the fun­da­men­tal tech­niques of the game. A holis­tic ap­proach is taken with a com­bi­na­tion of de­vel­op­ment in fun­da­men­tal tech­niques, tac­ti­cal skills, and pro­vid­ing play­ers with the proper nutri­tion needed for the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion as­so­ci­ated with the sport.

IN­CREASE PLAY­ERS’ SKILLS

The pro­gramme fo­cuses on teach­ing the game and cor­rect tech­niques, to in­crease the level of skill among play­ers while pre­par­ing them for ad­vance­ment to the pro­fes­sional level.

At the new clinic’s first train­ing ses­sion, the young boys were in­structed on how to con­trol with their feet, kick, pass, shoot, and tackle. Team­build­ing ex­er­cises were also a prom­i­nent fea­ture of the sem­i­nar and in­cluded an in­tro­duc­tion to game tac­tics.

“This is re­ally what is needed to de­velop foot­ball at the com­mu­nity level,” re­marked Ian An­drews, INSPORTS’ ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor.

“Train­ing in the fun­da­men­tals of the game is vi­tal to de­vel­op­ing play­ers who will make an im­pact on the field. It’s not just about pas­sion and raw tal­ent, but tak­ing an in­te­grated ap­proach to in­still­ing dis­ci­pline, teamwork, train­ing for en­durance, while pro­vid­ing in­struc­tions about the tech­ni­cal as­pects to the game and from an early stage,” he added.

“This is re­ally what will lead to sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the cal­i­bre of Ja­maican foot­ballers pro­duced at the pro­fes­sional level.”

The state agency’s ef­forts are geared to­wards cre­at­ing coach­ing clin­ics for all sport­ing dis­ci­plines, in tan­dem with Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Gen­der Af­fairs, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange’s stated phi­los­o­phy of de­vel­op­ing sports at the grass-roots level.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Groups of un­der-15 play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) foot­ball clinic at the Dun­robin play­ing field.

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