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.
The much anticipated court appearance of Otis “Otisha” Pearson is said to have been delayed due to the need for further investigations.This statement has come from Guyana Police Force (GPF) Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan. In a brief telephone interview, Ramlakhan explained, “The Police were supposed to carry out further investigations and then return the file.”Pearson was expected to make a court appearance on Monday, March 12, but thatOtis “Otisha” Pearsonappearance was delayed. However, it is rumoured that the wait may be over, as Police ranks have disclosed that Pearson will appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today. He is likely to be charged for sexual acts committed against a child.The issue unravelled when Pearson attempted to publically clear his name of murder allegations. The popular cross-dresser was implicated in the murder of Hemchand Dalchand, also called “Rakesh”, of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD) whose body was discovered in the vicinity of Oleander Gardens, ECD. In the redemption interview, Pearson stated that he has “a little boy for everyday of the week”. The statement received high amounts of criticism from citizens.Subsequently, Pearson took to another interview to clear his name. The embattled sex worker stated that “little boys” was a term he frequently uses to address his colleagues in the LGBTcommunity. The following week, photos of Pearson and a young man who appeared to be under aged surfaced on social media site Facebook. Reports were that the young man is 15 years old; the age of consent in Guyana being 16.Following public outcry, Guyana Times had reached out to the Childcare and Protection Agency (CC&PA) Director Ann Greene who divulged that the Agency was carrying out an investigation into the allegations against Pearson. The CC&PA is said to have spoken with the young man in question and his family, which lead to the suggestion for arrests to be made. Pearson was arrested on Monday of last week and has since been in lock-ups undergoing questioning.