The FLOW/ Manchester United Ultimate Football Experience TCI
Manchester United, in partnership with FLOW and endorsed by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), are currently hosting the second Flow Skills Ultimate Football Experience, a youth-centered initiative for boys and girls ages 12 to 13 and 14 to 16 years old. Like last year, the program will run in 15 Caribbean countries where FLOW operates. The initial country-stage clinics are constructed by local coaches, with a series of specially designed skills tests recommended by the Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS). This involves dribbling, and short passing/ shooting sessions, as scores are based on timing and the number of goals achieved. 30 young footballers, that is one winner per age group from each market, will to advance to finals, where they will experience a two-day skills session, and one-on-one training with CFU and MUSS coaches in Trinidad; all vying for the ultimate prize of a trip to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, and a chance-of-a-lifetime to participate in a talent development football camp.
In a recent press release, CFU General Secretary, Neil Cochrane, had this to say, “Hundreds of young footballers in 15 countries – half of the CFU’s membership – are again getting the exposure they crave, and the opportunity to compete, hone their skills, and, hopefully fulfill their dreams. We consider this initiative as adding significant value to our portfolio of annual activities, but even more important is the value that it adds to youth development and to building a solid foundation for football across the region. Once again, we welcome this partnership with Flow and Manchester United for the 2018 edition, and stand ready to get the ball rolling.”
On Saturday, March 10th 2018, the Turks and Caicos players were put to the test. The emerging winners were Carson Greatrex of the 12-13 year group, and Rosmith Messieur of the 14-16 year group. The two winners, along with their respective coaches and a parent, are expected to travel to Trinidad for the second phase of the competition, on March 20th. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Rosmith Messiuer and the first runner up, Junior Paul, were unable to carry forward in the fight, and has therefore been replaced with the third place finisher, Thomas Stephens.