T&T Pro League campaigners Cunupia FC recently welcomed Sherisse Crawford and Matthew Serrant, two students of the University of the West Indies' Cave Hill campus who are into the second year of their BSc Sports Science programme, to further their study on sports science.
Only recently, the central club, the newest member of the Pro League, signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sports Science Society at the University of the West Indies' Cave Hill campus in recognition of the club's pioneering role in the use of advanced scientific technology on the football field.
Cunupia FC is presently the only local football team in the country and the Caribbean using a performance monitoring and management system, which allows for comprehensive measurements and capture of virtually all aspects of football players on-field activity. This gives coaches and other technical staff members an insight into players' strengths and weakness.
It also, with objective data, allows staff to continuously assess training programmes and match statistics.
The agreement was initiated by Trey Hart, the assistant coach at Cunupia FC, who is the holder of a BSC in Sports Science from the Cave Hill campus.
On Thursday, Cunupia coach Michael De Four said he sees the MOU as a huge stepping stone towards the enhancement of sport locally and throughout the Caribean.
Hart praised De Four and Taahir Bulbulia, president of the Sports Science Society, for their diligent work throughout the process.
The aim is to give hands-on experience into a professional sport and showcase to students the positive impact of encompassing Science in sport and the measurable improvements it supports.
The club, in only its first foray in the country's top-flight football competition, broke two key records by winning their first four matches and qualifying for the semifinals of the First Citizens Cup last year. And in the ongoing T&T Pro League, De Four intends to spring more surprises.