More than 70 football coaches and footballers will sharpen their coaching and playing skills as broadband service provider Flow has teamed up with international sports network ESPN and Whole Life Ministries to host a one-day Master Class training clinic at the Barbican Beach/Football field today.
The Master Class workshop will feature local and international football stars who will host various training sessions assisting participants to hone and strengthen their skills. Among the presenters are ESPN commentator and former Jamaican football player Robbie Earle and former national goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence.
Earle, who was scheduled to fly into the island yesterday, is delighted to be a part of the Football Master Class.
"Jamaica has some of the region's most gifted coaches, but we know we can never stop learning from each other. Lawrence and I will be sharing what we know with 70 of Jamaica's best, and we have no doubt that we will have a rich day of football.
"ESPN Caribbean is committed to working with Caribbean partners like Flow, to develop and strengthen both the playing and enjoyment of sports, and I thank them for the opportunity to give back to Jamaica," said Earle.
The Master Class is a branch of the Flow/ESPN Football Clinic which exposes coaches to new developments and technologies to help improve overall training capabilities and techniques. This year, the workshop specifically targets coaches, forwards and goalkeepers from the 26 teams in the Flow Champions Cup. The initiative is Flow's player-engagement activity during the premier knock-out competition.
Under the programme last held in 2011, rural coaches received expert training in the latest international techniques and professional training methods. To date, over 40 local coaches and more than 100 players have benefited from the clinic.
Nicole Campbell, corporate social responsibility executive at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, highlighted the company's dedication to sports and community development.
"The sport of football has been a significant driving force for youth and community development in Jamaica," she said. "We believe that sports provide an avenue that must be nurtured as we have seen the impact that football has on our youth at the national and community-based levels. We are committed to using our resources to develop football and to create opportunities for social mobility, personal development and growth for young men."