Tue | Sep 19, 2017

Good students easier to coach - St Jago Manning Cup coach Laing underscores value of academics

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 9:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Glen Laing, football coach at St Jago High School, says good student-athletes are easier to coach.

Laing, who guided St Jago to the Super Cup and Walker Cup semi-finals last season, is challenging his colleagues to emphasise academics with their charges.

Speaking days before St Jago started their 2016 campaign with a 3-0 away win over Campion College, Laing lamented the current state of Jamaican football.

"What's happening in Jamaican football is just a travesty right now," he said. "If we have more coaches who are serious about the youngsters not only playing, but learning, because if they are learning in the schools, it's easier to coach them."

Continuing on the education theme, he explained: "So we are emphasising on them learning, so when they come to the football, it's easier for them to understand the tactical play that we want them to put out on the field."

In a reflection of the recent success of Germany at the World Cup and the Olympics, he concluded: "You're just hoping that our guys can learn good in the schools, so when we have them on the field and show them some of those plays, it will just be automatic."

St Jago will be back in action against Calabar High School tomorrow. The match will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, Spanish Town, with kick off set for 3.30 p.m.