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Grassroots Football sprouting with talent

Grassroots Football sprouting with talent


Over 160 young footballers who are involved in the Grassroots Football Programme of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) got an opportunity last Saturday to show off their talents at the Arnos Vale One Playing Field.{{more}}

The idea behind the Festival was to provide children with a positive experience and to give them all the same opportunity to play, without an overall winner being declared at the end of the day, which is not normally achieved in tournaments.

Last Saturday’s Festival saw footballers from the age of four years to seventeen years engaged in small sided games.

The enthusiastic children were decked in jerseys of various colours provided by FIFA, and were feted at the end of the Festival.

The Festival was the culmination of a four-day FIFA run Grassroots Football Workshop, in which twenty-seven local coaches were the beneficiaries.

The workshop was conducted by Trinidadian Anton Corneal and Brazilian Marcos Tinoco.

During the workshop, the coaches were schooled in the Grassroots Football Philosophy, Basic Football Skills and Drills, the Laws of the Game, as well as how to maximize the use of the playing areas they have, among other issues relevant to the introduction of Football at that level.

The coaches who were presented with Certificates of Participation now have the task of returning to their respective communities, teams/clubs and schools to disseminate what they have learnt.

Each coach, apart from the literature, was given five footballs to assist them in their effort.