Flow/ESPN Football Clinic to Benefit Local Coaches and Youngsters Top Football Stars to Lead Clinics

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Flow/ESPN Football Clinic to Benefit Local Coaches and Youngsters Top Football Stars to Lead Clinics

Robbie Earle, Frank Leboeuf, Shaka Hislop, Uche Okafor and Andrew Orsatti are just a few of the major football personalities who will be on hand to participate in the inaugural Flow/ESPN Football Clinics to be held at the Trelawny Stadium on November 19th and 20th. This, as Flow and International Broadcasters, ESPN team up to help enhance coaching capacity and boost the skills of footballers on the island.

Over forty coaches and more that 100 youngsters from in and around Montego Bay will benefit from the expertise of these football personalities in an ongoing partnership between Flow and ESPN. André Virtue from Whole Life Ministries is coordinating the clinics here on behalf of Flow and is ensuring a wide cross-section of participants. The Western Football Confederation (Hanover, Westmoreland, St. James and Trelawny Parish associations) has also lent its support to make the clinics come to fruition.

The objectives of the two half-day clinics are to support the development of the core fundamentals of football through an onsite programme that assesses current skills, practices techniques and coaching strategies of the local football community. Following this assessment, participants will be guided through a football improvement workshop that includes interactive sessions with a group of skilled and talented world-renowned footballers, some of whom are of Caribbean and/or Jamaican extraction. Friday’s clinic will focus on 40 coaches while on Saturday, 100 youngsters will benefit from the expertise of the football greats.

ESPN’s internationally televised global football TV program ESPN Soccernet Press Pass will also tape from the stadium. ESPN Soccernet Press Pass is broadcast to over 7.7 million homes in 105 countries and territories worldwide.

Sharon Roper, Director of Marketing at Flow stated that these clinics are part of an ongoing partnership that Flow has with International broadcasters ESPN. She recalled that in June this year, Flow teamed up with ESPN for the “Flow to the French Opens” which took one lucky Flow customer to Paris France to see the Finals of the French Open Tennis Tournament, courtesy of ESPN. The two groups are now expanding this partnership to leverage the expertise of these football greats to help build the skills of both coaches and young players in Jamaica.

“The clinic is part of Flow’s commitment to leverage our partnerships and resources to continue to find new and exciting ways to benefit Jamaica,” said Roper. According to Roper, over the next year Flow will escalate its plans to make good on its promise to not just bring the best of broadband technology to the island but to also invest heavily in education, sport and culture.

“ESPN is thrilled to be working with our long-time affiliate Flow to bring the inaugural Flow/ESPN Football Clinic to Jamaica,” said Bernard Stewart, General Manager, ESPN Caribbean & Maritime Media. “Flow shares our commitment to investing in the Jamaican community, especially in the up and coming footballers on the island. We are also particularly grateful to the Western Football Confederation, the Trelawny Football Association and to André Virtue who has been fundamental to making this clinic happen.”

The Flow/ESPN Clinic is part of a blitz weekend that will take place in Montego Bay which includes live taping of ESPN shows, the clinics and the ESPN Invitational Golf celebrity event. The clinics are a highlight of the weekend geared at strengthening football skills on the island.

About Flow

With just four years since its entry into Jamaica, Flow has already made an indelible impact on the local telecommunications industry placing Jamaica as a regional industry leader for data connectivity and innovative digital products. With its dynamic triple play of services – digital cable TV, digital landline and blazing speed Internet, Flow is helping to build a tech savvy, digital, knowledge-based society as Jamaicans forges ahead in keeping apace with the latest global technological trends.

Flow has made a significant commitment to Jamaica, investing over US$250 million to date; in developing human resources, building an island wide all digital infrastructure and enhancing digital education in schools as part of the company’s social development programme. Flow is also demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility by supporting enhanced learning in schools via free internet and educational cable programmes, mentoring and youth development activities with various social clubs in communities across Jamaica. Flow is also investing heavily in sports and cultural activities. For example, Flow is the title sponsors of the Flow Champions Cup and is a major sponsor of the National Basketball league and team. The company supports the development of local cultural activities by partnering with various groups including CALABASH and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival.

About ESPN Caribbean

ESPN Caribbean is part of ESPN International, a division of ESPN, Inc. ESPN International has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 46 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in over 200 countries and territories. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. ESPN International and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Montpellier, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.

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