INSPORTS ex­pands coach­ing clinic

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

A coach takes a young­ster through jug­gling ex­er­cises to im­prove bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion dur­ing the re­cent INSPORTS foot­ball coach­ing clinic in Duhaney Park. ON ANY given Saturday morn­ing, you will find ap­prox­i­mately 120 chil­dren en­gaged in var­i­ous train­ing ex­er­cises at the Duhaney Park play­ing field, on Bald­win Cres­cent, Duhaney Park.

For the next four and a half weeks, this ground will be­come a base of sorts each week­end for these young­sters due to an­other ini­tia­tive by the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) as it ex­pands foot­ball coach­ing clin­ics that teach the fun­da­men­tals of the sport with the INSPORTS Duhaney Park Foot­ball Coach­ing Clinic.

This forms part of INSPORTS’ holis­tic ef­forts to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball at the com­mu­nity level and its man­date to “fix foot­ball” in Ja­maica.

Sched­uled for 18 weeks, the clinic in­cludes a break­fast feed­ing pro­gramme to en­sure that the par­tic­i­pants are prop­erly nour­ished.

The ses­sions, which will be broad­ened to fa­cil­i­tate up to 200 by the end of the month, was orig­i­nally planned for youth aged 10-15 years, but many, as young as six years, have been in­cor­po­rated in the clinic that has caters to res­i­dents of Duhaney Park, Seav­iew Gar­dens, Coore­ville Gar­dens, Waterhouse and Pem­broke Hall.

Cer­ti­fied coaches, who hail from Duhaney Park, Seav­iew Gar­dens and Coore­ville have been em­ployed to ad­min­is­ter the pro­gramme by INSPORTS, which pro­vides all the gear and train­ing equip­ment. The coaches are also pro­vided with a stipend.

“INSPORTS is tak­ing the process all the way through from start to fin­ish,” noted Ian An­drews, ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor of INSPORTS, of their lat­est thrust.

“We first go into var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties across Ja­maica and iden­tify and re­ha­bil­i­tate play­ing fields to host the coach­ing clinic as well as com­mu­nity matches. We sup­ply the equip­ment and pro­vide the young­sters with top-qual­ity coaches to help de­velop their skills.”

GAUG­ING PROGRESS

He added: “It doesn’t stop there. In­ter­me­di­ary com­pe­ti­tions at the com­mu­nity and pri­mary-school lev­els are also held to gauge the progress of our play­ers and iden­tify ar­eas for im­prove­ment.”

The pro­gramme is re­ceiv­ing strong com­mu­nity sup­port, with par­ents be­ing very in­volved in the process.

“I think it’s a great pro­gramme that I re­ally want my son to be in­volved in,” said Ta­mara Tucker, whose son num­bers among the par­tic­i­pants. “That’s why I am here; to make sure that he is get­ting his train­ing done. He par­tic­i­pates in church and school com­pe­ti­tions but they don’t have a struc­tured pro­gramme in place, so this is a re­ally good ini­tia­tive from INSPORTS.”

The INSPORTS is­land­wide coach­ing pro­gramme is an ini­tia­tive geared to­wards steer­ing the de­vel­op­ment of young play­ers in the fun­da­men­tals of the game. Teach­ing and cor­rect­ing proper tech­niques from an early age will prime play­ers for pro­fes­sional ad­vance­ment in the sport, with the over­ar­ch­ing aim of pro­duc­ing tal­ented Ja­maican foot­ballers.

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