All Set for Flow/Manch­ester United Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dozens of young foot­ballers from nearly 50 lo­cal clubs have reg­is­tered for the first-ever Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence, a skills-based com­pe­ti­tion sup­ported by the Saint Lu­cia Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SLFA), un­der the aus­pices of the Caribbean Foot­ball Union (CFU).

Flow and Manch­ester United are stag­ing the panCaribbean com­pe­ti­tion for play­ers aged 13 to 16, whereby the young­sters will have the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a talent de­vel­op­ment foot­ball camp with Manch­ester United Soc­cer School coaches, and even to earn a trip to Old Traf­ford, Manch­ester to see Manch­ester United vs. Crys­tal Palace on May 21st 2017.

The Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence Saint Lu­cia is set for April 1st at the Sab Play­ing Fa­cil­ity in Vigie. Cyril ‘Ces’ Podd, Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the SLFA, says the ini­tia­tive is timely, given the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s on­go­ing em­pha­sis on age group de­vel­op­ment. He said: “The fact that we’re fo­cus­ing on youth the past cou­ple of years, this has come at the right time. It al­lows us to see the in­ter­est that’s be­ing cre­ated by our youth pro­grammes. And I think you’ll find not only the boys but the girls are be­gin­ning to show an in­ter­est in foot­ball - and we’ve got some very tal­ented young play­ers. Events like this will en­cour­age the girls to con­tinue, try to make na­tional teams, and con­tinue en­joy­ing and com­pet­ing in foot­ball.”

Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will take part in Manch­ester United Soc­cer School’s in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme, spe­cially de­vised for the cam­paign and de­liv­ered by SLFA coaches. The top two play­ers will then be sent to Trinidad and Tobago along with a par­ent and coach, for a two-day skills ses­sion with CFU and Manch­ester United Soc­cer School Coaches.

Ul­ti­mately, two win­ners will travel to the world-fa­mous The­atre of Dreams to wit­ness first-hand Manch­ester United’s fi­nal Premier League game of the sea­son, against Crys­tal Palace. This VIP ex­pe­ri­ence will also in­clude a visit to the Manch­ester United Mu­seum and Tour, tak­ing in the his­tory of the club fol­lowed by a tour of the iconic sta­dium.

Act­ing Mar­ket­ing Man­ager of Flow Saint Lu­cia, Terry Fin­is­terre, noted that this pro­ject fits per­fectly into the com­pany’s ethos of pro­mo­tion youth and sports: He said: “Our part­ner­ship with the SLFA, the CFU and Manch­ester United is en­tirely in keep­ing with our phi­los­o­phy of up­lift­ing our young peo­ple across the re­gion, es­pe­cially in the field of sports. Our spon­sor­ship of Lev­ern Spencer and other ath­letes through­out the Caribbean, our sup­port for the CARIFTA Games, so many won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated for our young ath­letes. A col­lab­o­ra­tion like this, with the big­gest foot­ball club on the planet, it’s an ex­cit­ing prospect for our young play­ers, and it’s the sort of thing only Flow could of­fer.”

The Ul­ti­mate Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence is one of sev­eral Manch­ester United and Flow part­ner­ship ini­tia­tives. In Jan­uary, Flow hosted the FA Cup Caribbean Tour dur­ing which foot­ball fans got up-close, un­prece­dented ac­cess to foot­ball’s most cov­eted tro­phy. Ca­ble and Wire­less is Manch­ester United’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions part­ner in the Caribbean.

Flow Saint Lu­cia Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Terry Fin­is­terre (left) and Saint Lu­cia FA Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Ces Podd.

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