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NACTM-T&T Combine exceeds expectations and provides platform for North American-European based players of Trinbagonian parentage

A message from NACTM Director of Camps Justin Reid

WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2022) – On behalf of the staff here at the NACTM, we would like to thank you for all of your support this weekend at the NACTM-T&T Combine in Washington, D.C. Forty-six (46) players born in Trinidad & Tobago or of Trinbagonian parentage played their hearts out and the level of competition was extremely high. So first and foremost we would like to thank the players who attended because without their love, passion, and skill in the sport of soccer/football there would not have been an event.

We would like to thank the various stakeholders who put in hours upon hours in making this event a success from the Co-Founder of the Talent Identification Player Pool (TIPP) Programme Sean Powder who provided the database of players who had been tracked throughout the years, to DC Parks and Recreation and its Director of Soccer Pharis Owens, to the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Washington, D.C., PanMasters, and several other entities. We would like to thank the Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellence Brigadier (Retired) General Anthony W.J. Phillips-Spencer for attending the Combine on Saturday. Special thanks to our guests the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) National Team Assistant Head Coach Reynold Carrington for making the trip on such short notice after Head Coach Angus Eve couldn’t attend due to travel challenges, and TTFA Manager Basil Thompson for helping to set up the logistics. Special thanks also to the United Football Coaches of Trinidad & Tobago who helped us to connect with the TTFA. We would also like to thank Rhondel King and his staff at WorkRate for doing an amazing job with prepping the players for injury prevention. It is amazing to see a vision come to fruition when people work together.

The next step to this process is to wait and see which players will be selected to join the TTFA national team pool whether for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Qualifiers or Nations League for the Senior aged players, both tournaments will be held in June. The TTFA coaches will let us know who has been selected to join the pool for the upcoming events, and we will send out an email to let you know if you have been selected. What we do know is that all of the players who attended the Combine will be a part of a pool for the TTFA to select from (not the official TTFA pool), so no one at this time has been rejected. Coach Carrington really enjoyed the level of play this weekend and he left excited to see that the TTFA has an even wider net of players to choose from across the region.

Many players, parents, and spectators mentioned that they would like to see a training center to evaluate North American or European based players of Trinbagonian parentage here in the U.S. and we couldn’t agree more. Many said that they would like for the players to get together 3-4 times a year which is something that we can build up to. While we can’t commit to this many Combines due to player and coaching availability, we can commit to doing this annually so that the TTFA coaches can continue to track player progress. We also want to make note that the TTFA has an ally in the U.S. in the NACTM, and that as a collective, we can build back football in the country. Our vision has never been for there to be more North American/European players of Trinbagonian parentage in the player pool compared to players born in Trinidad & Tobago. The goal has always been to compliment and enhance the level of players that are in Trinidad & Tobago. So we are happy to announce that we have set April 8-9, 2023 as the next date with a location to be determined.   

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to help build back football in Trinidad & Tobago.

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