The Victoria Mutual/St James FA Coaches’ Development Programme and U-13 Football Competition
Helping Youth Excel
Coaches have a significant impact on the youngsters they train. The VM Foundation believes that coaching more is than instruction as, coaches mentor and help their student athletes to believe in their talent and ability to excel. VMF recognises this and has invested in the Victoria Mutual/St James Football Association Coaches’ Development Programme and U-13 Football Competition to strengthen the ability of coaches to work with youngsters on nutrition, exercise and warm ups, addressing injuries and recognising health challenges before they become critical. A key component of the development programme is to help coaches understand the tenets of youth development including, goal setting, fiscal prudence, and team building skills.
Young footballers in the parish of St James, through this competition, have an opportunity to sharpen their football skills in a safe environment. The competition has grown significantly over the past 10 years with 34 schools participating in the 2017 staging of the tournament.
As empowerment is one of the core values of the Victoria Mutual Foundation, the competition’s focus includes imparting life skills, including developing good saving and financial habits that the youth will find relevant to their circumstances.
After approximately eight weeks of intense rivalry, the winning team is awarded a trophy, a cash prize and training equipment. Sectional prizes are also awarded to the Top Coach and Top Goal Scorer. The VM Foundation believes in sustainability and the decision to include training equipment in the prize package will ensure that the youngsters’ football dream continues long after the tournament has ended.
The Victoria Mutual Foundation sees this competition as an important investment in our nation’s future and the building block for a development programme for coaches to build their skills in mentoring and informing young people on nutrition, exercise, and self-esteem.
The coaches will be trained in mentoring the young athletes during the summer break.
Your help can strengthen the impact of the competition through your support of the “Boots for Boys” programme.