Central FC and Special Olympics unite for football

Central FC and Special Olympics unite for football

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Recently crowned 2014 First Citizens Cup champions Central FC, in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago, are inviting interested persons to register for a free three-day Unified Football Training Course.

The course, designed to introduce football coaches to specialised coaching for special needs athletes (with intellectual disabilities), will run from November 7 - 9.

The opening day will feature a seminar from 10 am at Bankers Insurance building on Mulchan Seuchan Road in Chaguanas before shifting to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Administration Ground on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 am on both days, for the practical sessions.

Interested persons can contact Central FC by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information on enrolling for the Unified Football Training Course.

Central FC managing director Brent Sancho said the original plan was to bring in a specialised coaching team from an English Premier League club, but one of the conditions of the visit was the provision of coaches knowledgable in the specialised field.

"We always wanted Central FC to be a totally inclusive club and we felt that the differently abled athletes were not given enough support," explained Sancho.

"Some of the programmes that we would like to arrange will require specialised coaching and we discovered that there just isn't enough of these coaches in T&T.

"When we realised that there was a shortage of specialised coaches, we could have simply given up. But that's not the Central FC way. We saw the need and decided to rectify it."

The course, which is also an international Special Olympics mandate geared towards fostering an atmosphere of inclusion rather than treating the athletes as being “limited” or “special”, will entail theory and practical sessions.

“While we accept as a club that perhaps these footballers may never represent our senior team, maybe one day we can take a unified team overseas to play some matches. And, of course, everyone can be a Sharks supporter," concluded Sancho.