KINGSTON: The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) extended its efforts to improve football in Jamaica through talent-development programmes among youth, with the commencement of a football coaching clinic in Kingston at the Dunrobin playing field on Red Hills Road. The ongoing football coaching clinic targets youngsters in two age groups 8-15 years and 15-20 years. This is one of the many centres being established islandwide by the state agency, which is targeting 5,500 youth participants with a projected 65 per cent increase within a five-month period. The all-island coaching programme focuses on training young talent in the fundamental techniques of the game. A holistic approach is taken with a combination of development in fundamental techniques, tactical skills, and providing players with the proper nutrition needed for the physical exertion associated with the sport. INCREASE PLAYERS’ SKILLS The programme focuses on teaching the game and correct techniques, to increase the level of skill among players while preparing them for advancement to the professional level. At the new clinic’s first training session, the young boys were instructed on how to control with their feet, kick, pass, shoot, and tackle. Team-building exercises were also a prominent feature of the seminar and included an introduction to game tactics. “This is really what is needed to develop football at the community level,” remarked Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director. “Training in the fundamentals of the game is vital to developing players who will make an impact on the field. It’s not just about passion and raw talent, but taking an integrated approach to instilling discipline, teamwork, training for endurance, while providing instructions about the technical aspects to the game and from an early stage,” he added. “This is really what will lead to significant improvements in the calibre of Jamaican footballers produced at the professional level.” The state agency’s efforts are geared towards creating coaching clinics for all sporting disciplines, in tandem with Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange’s stated philosophy of developing sports at the grass-roots level.
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Television produces NBC shows “ER” and “The West Wing,” which is in its final season. The company has 5,000 to 10,000 employees in Los Angeles County, depending on television and film production. Superior Industries International Inc. 7800 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406, (818) 781-4973 Superior Industries International manufactures automobile wheels and automotive accessories. The company sells its wheels to General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Toyota, Audi and Isuzu. Retailers in the after-automotive market sell Superior Industries’ accessory lines, which include custom suspension systems, exhaust extensions, lug nuts and steering-wheel covers. The wheel maker has an employee base of about 7,000 nationwide. By June, the work force of 700 in Van Nuys will be about 350 due to announced layoffs. 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On Jan. 1, Provide Health System and Providence Services came together. The combined company has 3,683 employees at two medical centers and smaller facilities in the San Fernando Valley and 46,040 companywide. 21st Century Insurance Co. 6301 Owensmouth Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367, (818) 704-3700 21st Century Insurance is the seventh-largest personal auto insurance company in the United States and insures nearly 1.5 million automobiles. The company markets personal automobile insurance in nine states including Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas and Washington. Much of 21st Century’s new business comes through referrals from current policyholders; the annual renewal rate of existing policyholders is 93 percent. It employs about 1,600 people in the Valley and 2,800 nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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