Helping hand for referees

RANDY BENNETT,

Added 08 November 2012

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NOT ONLY FOOTBALLERS are set to benefit  from the presence in the island of coaches from English Premier League team Chelsea FC. After hosting  a week-long clinic,  which facilitated players from around the region, Central America  and the United States, Chelsea FC coaches  have now turned their attention to improving  the standard of coaching in Barbados. In collaboration with the Barbados Football Association and the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), Chelsea FC will be hosting a Coaching Development Camp, which will  give 12 Barbadian  coaches the chance  to engage in coaching sessions with some top international coaches. Ricardo Williams, Bernard Howell,  Marcellus Babb and Ytannia Wiggins  are among the dozen trainers hand-picked  by the Chelsea  FC coaches. During a Press conference at Kensington Oval yesterday, international football development officer  of Chelsea FC, David Monk, explained that  the four-day clinic, which kicked off on Tuesday, represented phase two  of the club’s developmental programme. Phase three is set to begin in Easter of 2013, with phase four continuing in the summer. “This partnership with the BTA is to develop football at the grassroots here in Barbados,”  Monk explained. “We see Barbados  as the footballing  hub in the Caribbean,  and this gives us an opportunity to help  the organization  of the sport on the island  and support them, so that we can ensure that the future of Bajan football  is in safe hands,” One of the coaches  who will be facilitating  the course, Robert Udberg, pointed out  that Barbados would ultimately reap the benefits of the clinic. He said that unlike players, coaches had the ability to impart their knowledge on a much larger scale. “In trying to improve football in any country around the world, you start by educating  the coaches. “Once you educate the coaches, then obviously the players that they work with and the players that are in their care hopefully will benefit from their expertise. “We can only come here and affect a certain number of children  on the island. However,  if we can work with 12 or 24 coaches or even more, that in turn can impact  all of the players,”  he noted.

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