Former National striker and midfielder Errol Mc Farlane and Leslie Fitzpatrick, have been selected as part of a pool of scouts to identify football talent in North America, for the T&T team.
A release from the T&T Football Association on Tuesday said the duo were among 16 other scouts appointed to spot talent, based on their in-depth knowledge of the sport in T&T at the national team level, among other capabilities for the Talent Identification and Player Pool Programme (TIPP).
The other players appointed as scouts are- Prince Borde, Stephen Chase, Ashton Baptiste, Myron Garnes, Kevon Isa, Anthony Lambert, Daniel McKell, Nigel Myers, Kenrick Ramirez, Wendell Regis, Ivan Sampson, Marc Anthony-William, Lumumba Shabazz and Kernell Borneo.
Meanwhile, Sean Powder and Justin Reid were also appointed directors of the TIPP, the release said.
Mc Farlane, Fitzpatrick and company were appointed based on the TTFA's set criteria, which includes: Must have an in-depth knowledge of football in T&T at the national team level and must be active in coaching soccer in the United States: must have a keen eye for detail when observing prospects: must be actively pursuing a coaching license: must have coached in a club or clubs across the U.S: must be a Trinbagonian or of Trinbagonian descent: must have strong interpersonal skills to connect with prospects: and must have the ability to make numerous decisions when recruiting.
The scouts will have five key responsibilities, namely- Evaluating players of Trinbagonian descent in schools across North America and submitting prospects to Coordinator in the region, monitoring news sources, attend games, and speak with coaches to locate prospective players, watch game footage of players and study statistics to determine the player’s potential.
They will also be responsible for meeting with players and their families to discuss the TIPP program and benefits of the TTFA youth national teams, as well as collecting player and coaching information of Trinbagonians in North America and submitting it to the director.