National Men’s Under 17 forward Gary Griffith III is currently in England engaged in preseason training with Sunderland College and Improtech Football Development Centre.
Griffith III, a member of the T&T U-17 team that participated at the CONCACAF U-17 Men’s Championship at IMG Academy in Florida earlier this year, received a full scholarship for Football and Sport Management at Sunderland College.
Griffith III attended the Sunderland versus Portsmouth game at the Montgomery Suite, Stadium of light where he was asked to undertake one of the draws for the day’s proceedings. Griffith III was guest of Brian Henderson, father of Liverpool FC’s captain, Jordan Henderson.
Since his arrival in Sunderland, Griffith has participated in two friendlies for Sunderland College against Sunderland AFC and Hartlepool FC. Preseason training continues leading into the opening of the school term in September and the new season.
Sunderland College has a unique 5 year strategic partnership with Sunderland Association Football Club, this partnership brings numerous benefits to our Football Development Centre including use of the facilities at the Academy of Light, showcase matches and master coaching sessions from SAFC coaches. Sunderland is the former club of ex-T&T internationals Dwight Yorke, Stern John, Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones.
Sunderland College’s brand new Elite Football Development Centre is in a partnership with Improtech.
Griffith III and his teammates are accessing first-class coaching to develop advanced football skills and awareness, technical and tactical knowledge and personal growth, as well as enhanced fitness and physical well-being supported by leading strength and conditioning coaches. This Elite Football Development Centre runs as a professional academy combining educational studies with professional training and competitive games.
Academic studies are built around the College’s training and games programme to provide a timetable that supports both academic and footballing excellence.
Photo at top of page shows Gary Griffith III with ex-Sunderland forward and 1999/2000 Premier League topscorer Kevin Phillips.