The Saint Lucia Football Association [SLFA] Inc. has begun training sessions for a group of players with the prospects of them gaining selection to the National Under-14 Boys Squad.
According to the SLFA, this exercise will also reopen the window to allow new players who wish to play in that age group the opportunity to “try out” to make the training squad.
Each League was invited to select its best players for the trials and to provide transportation support for them to the venues.
Subsequently, the SLFA held four separate trials for Under 14 boys, from April 19 to 22. The venues facilitating these training sessions were Philip Marcelin ground (South Western Zone), Technical Centre (Eastern Zone), Soufriere (Western Zone) and the SAB playing field (Northern Zone).
At each venue, the players were under the watchful eyes of the SLFA’s Inc. Technical team spearheaded by Technical Director Ces Podd and national coaches Emmanuel Bellas, Francis Lastic, Denis Didier and Trevor Anderson.
The coaches reported that they were impressed with the training sessions/trials, which included 105 players.
At the conclusion, a total of 60 elite players were selected to participate in a final trial session scheduled for the Dennery Playing Field today, Saturday, May, 7 from 10.00 am.
It is anticipated that following this trial 35 players will be selected to move on to the next stage.
Meanwhile, plans are in full motion for the resumption of the Adopt the School Program, which is expected to get underway soon.
The coordinator of the programme John Sealy met with the coaches involved to plan the way forward.
Reports indicate that the Pilot Schools are still committed to the programme and are rearing to go, while coaches assigned to other schools have been in communication with the respective schools management.