Flow Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence Leaves Last­ing Im­pact on Young Caribbean

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds of young foot­ballers from around the re­gion had the time of their lives as they were put to the test for a chance to be selected in the Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence, a com­pe­ti­tion de­signed and ex­e­cuted by Flow and Manch­ester United with the sup­port of the Caribbean Foot­ball Union (CFU).

Par­tic­i­pants gath­ered on foot­ball fields across Flow’s 15 Caribbean mar­kets for the pre­lim­i­nary rounds of the Flow Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence. 30 lucky win­ners, two from each mar­ket qual­i­fied to go to Trinidad and Tobago to com­pete in the fi­nal two-day event on May 6 and 7, with the op­por­tu­nity to win the ul­ti­mate prize of a trip to Old Traf­ford, Manch­ester to see a Manch­ester United Premier League fix­ture.

With the chance to po­ten­tially win the trip of a life­time fu­elling their com­pet­i­tive fires, each young foot­baller par­tic­i­pated in a se­ries of drills such as ball con­trol, short pass­ing and drib­bling, as they tried to set them­selves apart from the pack.

But it wasn’t just about the grand prize or rub­bing shoul­ders with Manch­ester United Club Am­bas­sador Dwight Yorke and legend, Quin­ton For­tune, for as one of Saint Lu­cia’s win­ners, Jeremiah Justin’s re­marks sug­gest, many young­sters found a sense of pride and mo­ti­va­tion sim­ply in the chance to rep­re­sent their wider com­mu­nity.

"I am very proud to win this for my­self, my fam­ily, and my com­mu­nity,” Jeremiah said. “I think we just came in here and gave it our best. I just want to say thank you to Flow."

Ad­di­tion­ally, the par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal coaches were im­pressed by the Flow Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the me­chan­ics of the skills com­pe­ti­tion it­self, which were de­vel­oped by coaches at the Manch­ester United Soc­cer School (MUSS). They also thanked Flow for the com­pany’s in­vest­ment in up-and-com­ing Caribbean ath­letes.

“The Flow Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence was won­der­ful,” said Jerry Alexis, who coaches both win­ners in Gre­nada. “I felt elated to be part of the event. The kids were ex­cited to par­take in the dif­fer­ent skills that were in­cluded. This was a great ges­ture by Flow to or­gan­ise and such a great op­por­tu­nity for our young foot­ballers. I am hop­ing that there will be more like these hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.”

Giv­ing young ath­letes a greater shot at suc­cess and bring­ing the re­gion closer to their favourite sport is ex­actly what Flow and Man Utd are try­ing to achieve with the Flow Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence. It is in fact just one of sev­eral other ini­tia­tives or­ga­nized by the two part­ners, a re­cent one be­ing the FA Cup Caribbean Tour, which gave foot­ball fans up-close and un­prece­dented ac­cess to foot­ball’s most cov­eted tro­phy.

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