TTFA winds down calendar of development activities

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is winding down a hectic schedule of events which saw the local governing body stage several developmental workshops and seminars over the 2016 calendar.

The most recent course was the CONCACAF Level II goalkeeping course which was conducted by CONCACAF instructor Claine Plummer for thirty six participants at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Prior to that, the TTFA in collaboration with Concacaf staged a Club Licensing seminar at the Ato Boldon Stadium in late September.

That seminar was held with the aim of establishing standards and enhancing the environment for club football to advance in the country.

The seminar, which was conducted by Jonathan Martinez, CONCACAF senior manager for club licensing and development, was compulsory for all local Pro League and Super League clubs

The growth of leagues and clubs is directly related to key performance indicators within the areas of infrastructure, sporting, administration, finance, legal and social responsibility. CONCACAF’s club licensing program provides tools aimed at  raising the level of professionalism in league and club management.

TTFA Technical Director Muhammad Isa also oversaw the coach education programme and the community grassroots clinics which was sponsored by the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago foundation. There were TTFA ‘C’ License courses held and more are being planned for 2017.

In November, FIFA technical development officer Anton Corneal conducted a three-day seminar for local coaching instructors under the Royal Dutch Academy alliance. This was geared towards increasing the knowledge base and improving the practices of local coaching instructors who will in turn train and educate local coaches.

And on the officiating end, twenty-four local elite referees received their certificates of participation in a FIFA Referees Assistance Program (RAP) course held in September.

The referees engaged in a week-long seminar conducted by former FIFA Referee and FIFA instructor Peter Prendergast and fitness instructor Allan Brown of Costa Rica at the San Juan North Secondary.

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Earlier in the year, a host of local club representatives and officials attended the first ever FIFA Solidarity Contribution and Training Compensation workshop to be staged in the Caribbean as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association held the event at Naparima College, San Fernando.

Two presenters from Germany arrived in Port of Spain on Friday evening on the invitation from TTFA President David John-Williams, Attorney-at-Law Jan Schweele of the Schweele Law Office in Berlin,Germany and his colleague Dr Georg Froese.

They conducted a workshop which was aimed at educating locals on the benefits that can be derived from understanding and becoming active in the Solidarity Contribution and Training Compensation process.

Solidarity contribution becomes due on each international transfer of a professional player who is bought out of his contract. A total of 5 % of the transfer fee have to be redistributed to the clubs where the player was registered between the seasons of his 12th and 23rd birthday.

The FA also participated in workshops held overseas by sending representatives to some  including the Beach Soccer workshop in Dubai a few weeks ago and the FIFA TMS workshop in Costa Rica in June. The purpose of the 2016 FIFA TMS workshops was to educate members of both associations and clubs in the use of, and about any recent changes to, the FIFA TMS International Transfer Matching System (ITMS).

TTFA President David John-Williams added last week that there will be a two upcoming courses to be staged in collaboration with UEFA including a course for scouts.