Central FC, a seasoned campaigner in the T&T Pro League, is now in the process of adopting the Crown Trace community in Chaguanas, a move that will be followed by a change of name to the club soon.
The move is in keeping with a mandate by the commission formed to guide the local football to the UEFA/FIFA-proposed T-League format this year and thereby take club football back to the community base.
Brent Sancho, owner and managing director of the club told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that his club has been having ongoing talks with members of the Crown Trace community, and so far the talks have been very fruitful.
He said yesterday, "We started initially in the California area in Couva and have now moved to Crown Trace in Chaguanas, where we have been liaising with the clubs there to find out what can be done in a collaborative effort. I think our move there will be a good one, as many players from that area will be taken into our fold and get the opportunity to play professionally. We will also seek ways of developing the area and the young footballers who exist in it."
The Central FC boss did not say what the new name of his club will be but gave the assurance it will suit the new community they will be representing.
Central FC and nine other clubs- W Connection, the 2018 League winners, North East Stars, Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, Police, Central FC, Point Fortin Civic, Club Sando, Defence Force, Morvant Caledonia United and San Juan Jabloteh, will play in Tier 1 of the T-League scheduled to begin by mid August to early September.
UEFA, FIFA and the Sport Company of T&T will provide funding for the T-League, which will feature a Tier 1 and a Tier 2 for the next three years. Thereafter, however, the clubs will be asked to stand on its own. Sancho said the clubs are all aware of what is needed from them and are therefore seeking help from the government, to have community grounds blocked around so that clubs can benefit from gate receipts.
In addition, clubs are also mandated to market and promote their product (football) to increase their earnings.
Morvant Caledonia United has already made it clear they will use the Morvant Recreation Ground, while both and the Defence Force will occupy the St James Barracks and the Defence Force Headquarters grounds in Chaguaramas respectively. The other clubs will be charged with the responsibility of securing their own facilities.
Meanwhile, the positions of marketing, licensing, and competition and tournament personnel will be filled within the next week, Sancho said. The positions are critical to the running and start of the T-League and according to Sancho, all interviews for them have been completed. He said the commission is now in the process of determining the best choices for the spots.