The teams in the Barbados national programme are about to become even more streamlined with the introduction of the Future Tridents Development Programme. The youth elite initiative, which wasconceptualisedby Barbados Football Association Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed, has been implemented to ensure the the size and quality of the players pool for national duty.
Set to get off the ground shortly with an elite competition on weekends at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, the programme will feature the best Under-13 players from eight clubs across the island that satisfy several criteria, inclusive of having a full coaching and management team, and having a Head Coach that holds a minimum of a C License certification. Speaking yesterday, Mohamed said that the aim was really t make the job of selecting national teams a much easier and simple procedure. “The pool that we can recruit our national team players will be bigger and it will be approximately 160 players who went through the coaching and training topics. For us working on the national programme, this will make our job easier and the quality will increase as well.” he said.
In its inaugural year, the programme will pool players from Kick Start, Pro Shottas, Pinelands, United Stars Alliance, Whitehall, Mavericks, Paradise and the National Sports Council, and Mohamed explained that the BFA will be working closely with the clubs after the end of the tournament to ensure that the level of training stays up to par with what is expected. “The clubs are more or less training only once a week and at most, twice a week and that is not consistent. With this programme we will change the whole cycle of the trainings of the clubs. We are going to help the clubs and guide the trainings and the topics of the trainings and work alongside the coaches.” he said.
Getting off the ground with the Under-13s and running alongside the BFA's National Youth Cup, the programme is set to expand to include Under-15s and Under-17s over the next two years with its year-round involvement. Mohamed noted that with the vision he had for the future of the island's football, the programme is long overdue. “It is the right time to do that because we are ready for it. After the first and second year, stretching and developing the basics of the youth league and now the time is ripe enough to have the elite.” he said.