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Collective impact is key for local sports

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Shaun Fuentes

If you’ve ever been genuinely and heavily involved in developing and promoting sport whether here in T&T or elsewhere then you are very aware of how important collaboration is to achieving success.

When it comes to inclusion outcomes in sport and working with targeted population groups the need for effective collaboration is magnified.

Over the last decade the sporting landscape in this country has changed significantly. While football and cricket may still be the top two in whatever order you believe, the popularity of athletics and track and field and other sports such as swimming, cycling, hockey, volleyball, rugby, basketball, racket sports and others have started to sneak into the headlines, moreso because of the increased opportunity to participate through locally and internationally staged events and the fact that there are now more facilities in the country.

Proper Administration and coaching remains among the top elements necessary for growth and success in sports. And it is no secret that it continues to be a challenge. Division in these two critical areas is existent and to many, seems like a nightmare that just will not go away. Most times the pulling and tugging is causing demise and the fans feel let down at the end.

Inclusion in sport is as all about shifting the way people think and act so that barriers to participation are removed. It is a lot more than just the activity itself and requires all the personnel and groups involved to be on the same page and moving in the same direction. Building and maintaining effective partnerships and networks plays an important role in achieving success. The question is how can we achieve this? This is where Collective Impact could provide sport administrators with a way forward. Collective Impact is about people and organisations coming together in a structured way to achieve social change.

There are some conditions of collective impact that our local organisations can follow. Having a common agenda; Maintaining continuous open communication; Tracking Progress by monitoring the process; Maximising Effort, following through to the end result in a consistent manner through collective efforts; and Backbone Organisation which is having the right person or team driving and directing the work of the group. While the right person may be the expert, it is important that he or she does not bring the know-it-all attitude and approach.

The country and the population is craving something positive to follow, to be part of, to celebrate, and some of these conditions mentioned could go a long way in achieving success in the long run. Always remember "We are T&T".

The Elite Programme and its attempt to improve the player.

Currently the T&T Football Association is conducting its elite development programme which sees boys and girls under 14 at training four days per week with several aspects of preparation being implemented in the programme.



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