The following was outlined at the launch of the TTFA Elite Youth Development programme in October of 2016. In July, 2019 the TTFA staged a four-nation Youth International Invitational tournament involving the National Under 15 boys teams of Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. It was the first major international test for the Boys that came through the Elite Development Programme which was launched in 2015 and training under the guidance of head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier. The Women’s Under 17 team, comprising of players from the Girls Elite programme also engaged on a two-match tour of Panama in July in preparation for upcoming CONCACAF Under 17 Women’s World Cup qualifying. And at present the TTFA has commenced screening for selection to the Boys and Girls Under 13 and Under 14 programmes.
TTFA’s approach to the program to include among other things –
- To scout and select our best U13/14 boys and girls and nurture this special pool of talent so that they form the core of our national teams at the U13/15, U17, U20, U23 and senior levels from 2017 through 2034; and to hone the talent of these young footballers through specialised football and life skills training;
The TTFA proposes to develop and implement the following:
A programme of year-round coaching, training and national team duty inclusive of 2- 4 week periods of being ‘in camp’,
• To have a schedule of games to be played that includes one friendly international game every two to three months;
• To procure the necessary personal and team performance recording and monitoring equipment to enable scientific performance analysis and assessment;
• To implement a Personal Development Program (PDP) for each player, including nutrition education, educational assessment and tutoring for the players
• To maintain a players’ ledger on all those involved in the program to ensure accuracy of their playing history and professional career progress.
The FA would also be promoting the formation of a parent and family support unit for the players.