The official launching of the second Annual Scotia Bank/Pepsi Schools Academy will be held today at the Ministry of Education Sports Club ground on Carifesta Avenue at 9:00am.
The first session of the Academy for teachers, coaches and students was held yesterday morning by the United States-based coach, Stanley Harmon at the sports club with an indoor session which comprised of a visual educational segment, where the teachers and coaches watched a football video which illustrated the ABCs of the ball game.
Teachers and coaches were also equipped with a ‘Goalkeeping’ booklet which will aid to expand their knowledge on the game as they presently under-go training at the Academy to later relate to their students on the sport.
The Academy will involve both indoor and outdoor sessions to get the participants fully engaged before it concludes on Wednesday.
Leon Bishop, a national athlete/teacher of Lodge Secondary School while interacting during the coaching session with the director and other teachers, said that the programme has really helped a lot of students of his school to attend school regularly since it is recommended that they have a hundred percent attendance level in school before partaking in the sport and representing the school in any tournament.
Another teacher of Tucville Secondary School related that her students are excited to play the game and always tries to balance their academics with extra-curricular activities since they too have to get an average percentage in school before engaging in the sport and school tournaments.
Football coach, Gordon Brathwaite disclosed that the Scotia Bank/Pepsi Schools Academy helps the students a lot with their preparations for the Digicel Football Tournament which is held after Scotia Bank/Pepsi Schools’ tourney.
Speaking with Coach Harmon at the coaching course, Kaieteur Sport was made to understand that the benefits of teachers attending this session will assist them (teachers) tremendously in going back to their respective schools to educate and prepare their students for the upcoming Scotia Pepsi youth football competition in March.
The coach also said that at the conclusion of the Academy tomorrow, a presentation ceremony will be held for the teachers/coaches to show that they are certified and has participated in the 2012 Scotia Bank/Pepsi Schools Academy coaching course. (Juanita Hooper)
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