INSPORTS clinics steering youngsters in right direction
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)-organised Long Mountain football clinics and Under-14 and Under-20 competitions, which have been ongoing in and around the Mountain View area for the last two months, is not only assisting young, aspiring footballers with the fundamentals of the game.
The project has been playing a great role in helping to foster relationships and channel youth towards developing their talent for the game in the volatile east Kingston communities.
The clinics and the Long Mountain competitions - which take place on Sundays - bring the close-knit communities together and help build friendships and rebuild bridges between once-feuding factions.
"Initially, we were targeting the youngsters and teaching them the basics of the game because in the summer some of these kids have nothing to do, especially in the Mountain View area where this time of year is known as the 'pop-shot' time, so we give them something to do. So instead of playing 'pop-shot' they have football," INSPORTS coach and assistant national coordinator, Rudolph Barnes, told The Gleaner.
A GOOD THING
"It has been tremendous as the parents enjoy it because the kids are not at home giving trouble, and in the Mountain View area where this time (summer) is known as the pop-shot season, this has been a good thing for parents.
"So INSPORTS has done a tremendous job in keeping the peace in Mountain View over the years, and its programmes like these that have made a big difference. We move from place to place with the clinics from Mountain View, Jarrett Lane, Jacques Road, Rockfort, Rollington Town, and we want to do it in other communities as well," he said.
The clinics, which were organised to help improve the basic football skills of young players, have been serving their purpose.
"We have two clinics a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays. This has been going on for two months and we plan to go right across the island. So we are making a concerted effort to have it in every aspect and spectrum of the island because INSPORTS is trying to have a platform for the national programme at the grass-roots level.
"So it's just to implement the basics because you need the basics to become a good player, so when they move on it will be easier for them at the next level," he said.