Pro League, First Citizens continue off-field player development

Kyrstal Attim-Philip, financial advisor, First Citizens, shares money management tips with footballers during the TT Pro League / First Citizens 2017 Managing Your Finance seminar at First Citizens Learning Centre in Chaguanas on Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy First Citizens / Kristoff Headly)

'Managing Your Finance' took centre field on Wednesday when the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League and long-serving partner, First Citizens, teamed up again for the annual financial seminar which falls within the TTPL’s Player Development Series.

Managing Your Finance (MYF) 2017, facilitated by First Citizens’ financial advisors Krystal Attim-Philip and Tricia Vincent, was hosted at First Citizens’ Learning Centre in Chaguanas and included topics on financial planning and management, and investment.

“Success does not come from comfort,” Attim-Philip told players representing some of the ten PL clubs. “If you continue on the path of not putting things in place you can retire barely making ends meet because you did not make the sacrifice when you had the health, strength and opportunity.”

She told players their earnings are resources to achieve their goals. “But in order to achieve these goals we have to set ourselves life stage. How much of us are always in a deficit at the end of the month due to unnecessary spending? Do you have something to dip in just in case? How many players you know had good jobs but retired with nothing? It’s never too small to start saving.”

W Connection and Trinidad and Tobago national team defender, Alvin Jones, scorer of a brilliant goal in a 2-1 World Cup Qualifier win against the United States on Oct. 10 applauded the initiative.

“It is a great [initiative] especially due to the state the country is in [financially],” said the 23-year-old. “It taught me a lot today. I will definitely share it with my friends to give them the knowledge that bad [spending] can instead be put to save for our goals in the future.”

Jones and his W Connection teammates will contest the semi-final round of the 2017 First Citizens Cup against Club Sando on November 3 for a place in the final on November 10. Point Fortin Civic will take on holders Defence Force in the other semi-final.
W Connection and Trinidad and Tobago defender Alvin Jones and Boom Champions presenter Supa Hype share a light moment during the TT Pro League / First Citizens 2017 Managing Your Finance seminar at First Citizens Learning Centre in Chaguanas on Oct. 25, 2017.
Attim-Philip, at the end of the MYF seminar, said, “It’s basically just to make sure that they are on the right track in terms of spending the funds they get, and utilizing it properly. We tried to show them how to prioritise with their spending in order to make the most of what they are getting.”

Dexter Skeene, chief executive officer of the Pro League, said the PL remains committed to the continued holistic development of its most valuable asset—the players, and wants to add other facets such as ‘Importance of Literacy’, ‘Personal Brand Development’ and ‘Nutrition’ to the series of seminars and workshops which in the past included ‘Media Relations’, ‘Contract Negotiations’, and ‘Injury Care and Prevention’.

“Given the economic scenario, it is critical for players to receive this kind of knowledge and information,” said Skeene at the end of the MYF seminar.

“It is so important now -- with the economic environment the way it is -- that the players understand the importance of investing their money wisely and so on,” added Skeene who thanked First Citizens for their yeoman service over the years.

“This (MYF) seminar is critical to the development of the players. It is just one of the many different tools we will be using to help the players to be able to cope and to be better citizens off the field as well as being able to conduct themselves on the field.


“You want to ensure that the players, when they go abroad or they play for the national team or even in their communities, be role models. They must be able to handle themselves in the community, in the business world and on the football field. So we are preparing them for life beyond football and even after retirement.

“This seminar focuses on retirement funding and being able to invest, other than showing them how to save. The League is taking it from the perspective of overall player development,” concluded the PL CEO.