Flow looks to expand one-day clinic
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Flow is looking to expand its current one-day clinic for players participating in the Flow Champions Cup to better facilitate player and youth development.
Sponsorship manager, Nicole Campbell, made this revelation at the one-day clinic the company hosted at the Jamaica Football Federation Football Academy at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, yesterday.
More than 50 players, mainly forwards and goalkeepers, participated in drills run by lead coach Altman Butler and goalkeeper coach Aaron Lawrence. They were also exposed to a session with sports psychologist, Olivia Rose, during what was the fourth staging of the annual clinic.
"Each year with the growth and expansion of the clinic it is only going to mean bigger and better things for the players and so we look forward to what the clinic will become next year when we are looking at expanding it into a two-day clinic and also looking at a youth component," said Campbell.
Raising the bar
Campbell said the introduction of sports psychology is another signal of their intent to raise the bar to the next level. "We not only wanted to address the physical needs of the players, but their mental needs as well. We think it is important to have a clinic of this nature because it is needed to take the footballers to the next level," she said.
Following her session with the players, Rose believes the concept of sports psychology is beginning to become more accepted by the players. She said they were very receptive to what she passed on, which is contrary to popular public perception that seeing a psychologist means something was wrong. She also said the players asked some very interesting and revealing questions. "They asked about how to stay focused especially in the event of the loss of a loved one. They asked questions about how they can continue to perform when they are not being paid sufficiently," Rose said. "There were basic things like, how do you keep your game together when you are distracted and when you have other life issues dealing with."
"The session was good. She taught us a lot," said Barbican FC goalkeeper Nicolas Campbell. "She taught us not to let people on the side break you down and to just be yourself, be focused and play good football."
The Flow Champions Cup kicks off next Wednesday, October 1.