Football Samoa develops grassroots

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S.

Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S. (Photo: Supplied)

The Football Federation Samoa Center of Development Programme is back.

The reintroduction of the programme as part of the Football Federation Samoa’s (F.F.S.) technical programme for 2018 was held last week Thursday. 

Thirty young talented youth players selected from various clubs currently competing in the National Youth League tournament were invited to kick-start the programme.

“The F.F.S. Centre for Development focuses on the development of football skills for children between the ages of 10 and 13 as it believes in nurturing players from a young age,” A statement from the Football Federation Samoa said. 

“Some important aspects of the Centre’s programme are to focus on the technical skills as well as discipline as it has been noted that whilst Samoan children naturally have the physical strength, it is equally important to install technical skills and discipline at an early age.

“Additional to the skills and ongoing support provided to players, F.F.S. Centre for Development, since its establishment, has offered scholarships to local students such as Jarvis Alatise, who is currently studying at Hastings Boys High school in New Zealand for two years.

“F.F.S. also believes that providing free coaching programmes and support networks for young Samoan children is crucial to the development of football in Samoa at the grassroots level which benefits football development in the long run.”

Football Samoa also believes the dream of every footballer is to be a professional player and to represent his own country, and they will help make such dreams come true. 

The F.F.S. centre’s training programme is scheduled to run twice a week throughout the year for boys and girls from 10 to 13 years of age. 

F.F.S. will also provide free transportation of selected students from their designated training days to ensure continuity and successful implementation of its programme.

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