Trinidad and Tobago Elite Women development head coach Marlon Charles believes the ability to host residential training camps for National Teams at the TTFA Home of Football Player Accommodation Hotel will be a tremendous boost to the current programme he is overseeing at the TTFA/NLCB Elite Youth development programme.
At present, Charles is overseeing a training programme which sees close to forty under 15 girls assembling at the Ato Boldon Stadium four days a week for sessions. And the squad comprises of players from various communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Efforts are made by the TTFA to offer support to those needing to reach the venue while parents are also behind their young ones s the seek to seal an opportunity of representing the country.
“We are seeing the progress of the player accommodation hotel every time we assemble for training and it is a definitely a good sight. I believe this will ease a lot of the issues we have in terms of having players coming to the venue for training and then having to sometimes leave here when the sun goes down. With the hotel it means we can now have the players in a more comfortable and conducive environment. They can eat well, they can stay together in a decent environment and it will also give us more time with them,” Charles told TTFA Media. “And with the training fields less than a stone throw away, it means we can then walk to and from training. It gives us as coaches more options as it relates to carrying out sessions and training camps,” Charles said.
The current squad includes thirty five players and Charles will finalise a team to travel to Bradenton, Florida for the CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship next month.
“Things are going pretty good. The girls are responding well and trying as we are asking them to give full commitment and effort in training. This is the competition phase because the tournament is close by. We are focusing on the principles of attack at the moment,” Charles said.
He is looking forward to seeing the team compete at the championship next month.
“The competition is about development. It is an opportunity for them to compete against the opponents we will face and this will be interesting for us. We are giving everyone a fair chance now and their selection is in their hands right now. We train Mondays. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. We try to play every Saturday. We concentrate on fitness and tactical work during the week, Each player needs to understand what they need to do when they have possession.
“We are all excited about the current programme as we have players from across both islands and this is exactly what development is about As an elite player they have to put out a lot of effort and work to improve and get to a certain level. We are continuing to work closely with them because there is a lot to be done still from a technical standpoint,” Charles said.