Jamaican coaches to train Colombians - Move afoot for Valderrama to hold clinics for young ballers

Published: Thursday | December 19, 2013 Comments 0



Jamaican track and field coaches are to visit Colombia in the New Year on a special programme aimed at bolstering the sport in the South American nation.

Top Colombian diplomat in Kingston, William Bush, says the Jamaican coaches will be working with coaches in schools across Colombia. Bush says athletes in his country aspire to greater performances and have been inspired by the exploits of Jamaica's athletes over the years.

"Next year, we will have trainers from Jamaica going to Colombia to train coaches in schools," said Bush, deputy head of mission at Colombia's Embassy in Kingston.

"Colombia is trying to develop its athletics, beginning at the school level, and that is why we have turned to Jamaica for support."

Meantime, plans are under way for former captain and retired Colombian World Cup star Carlos Valderrama to visit Jamaica to hold clinics for young footballers during 2014.

Bush says a request has already been made to Valderrama, one of the country's highly regarded players in World Cup Finals history, and officials are awaiting a response.

"One of our objectives is for him to be here to train youngsters. We want to have clinics for the Jamaican kids," Bush said.

"We are waiting on an answer from Valderrama. He runs his own private company, but he also does work for the Colombian government. We are even acting on a request from your minister of foreign affairs, AJ Nicholson, for us to bring him here."

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