Field in Focus: Pro Series Events
There are a multitude of football academies across Trinidad and Tobago, but Pro Series Events is aiming to do things a bit different, taking a holistic approach in training its young members.
Its founder, Paul Decle said that Pro Series Events was founded after realizing there was a lack of opportunities for a lot of young players in west Trinidad. One of his goals, he says, is to ensure the club is as inclusive as possible.
"We include a wide range of players as much as we possibly can. We have girls and work with differently abled children through our partnership with Focus Football Academy."
Young players with Down Syndrome play and compete alongside the other children. "We're very supportive of these kids getting an equal opportunity to participate and play."
For the Pro Series team, learning various life skills off the field is just as important as those on it. Part of their programme includes training members to learn Spanish as a second language as well as life skills training.
Paul added: "These kids should know how to conduct themselves, learn posture, proper speech, hygiene, and other basic social and life skills that they may not be aware of now, but are essential as they go into their formative years of growth and development."
Pro Series Events also runs a community-based scholarship programme where they invite and identify talent in the children from the surrounding communities and offer training. They have also attracted the attention of the local football community who serve as mentors to the kids, demonstrating that while they may come from humble beginnings, they were able to rise to the top and compete with the best both locally and abroad.
"From what we've seen on our travels around the world, we believe Trinidad and Tobago is able to compete with the best of them; how we bridge that gap is by starting programmes like this that includes all the other aspects like life skills, learning a second language.
"We really want to take a holistic approach as the rest of the world (as we know) is already doing. we're trying to fast track and give them a fighting chance."
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