Foster’s Fairplay | Recruit responsibly

first_img In such a case, even if not previously in place, there must be an effort to upgrade academic skills to bring them closer and hopefully aligned with what is required in the classroom. Whenever this is not done, those responsible for the transfer would have failed miserably in their bid to steer a life in an acceptable or positive direction. The country is bedeviled by rampant and raging crime. The authorities seem to be at their wits end to stem, much less to stultify this scourge. To virtually abandon a young life because he or she does not meet the requirements in an area of another’s choice, will not provide the remedial solutions that are being sought, and which are now of national concern. Another growing problem, is that a significant portion of developing sporting talent is not steered towards the outlet that offers the best opportunity for further advance. Many are the youngsters who, given the lack of attention, fall by the wayside, ending up in the precipice of the talented but forgotten. The failure to master the Arts and the Sciences ought not to be a recipe for abandonment and total rejection. There must be a better way to uplift our children and not allow them to follow the wrong paths. The Intersecondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has a designated role here. The organisation has limiting regulations to address the issue, but more are needed and the execution must be strictly monitored and rigidly enforced. The United States Collegiate system with its attendant rules and administration may provide good examples. Let the recruiting continue, but at the same time, the school system should provide a more fertile pathway for our athletes to make the transition to the national level. – Feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com ACADEMICS IMPORTANT There seems to be a stigma attached to schools, which facilitate their advance in sporting endeavours by a particular type of recruiting. This strategy, by no means new, involves attracting student athletes, who were brought to recognition elsewhere in the system. The objective is to enhance the progress or success on the playfields of the receiving institution. It is said, and not without justification, that there are monetary gains that accrue to the facilitators, who have decisive inputs in “swinging the deals.”A recent post on social media, saw a prominent and currently high-performing Kingston school, having its name tarnished as their football team has been assembled by several “raids” conducted at other schools. The label given them was St Wolbar (meaning: the recruited players were drawn from St. Jago and Calabar). This speaks in stentorian terms to what is now being manifested among the schools. Foster’s Fairplay, having first opposed, and later agreed with colleague and friend, former national football representative, Dr. Lascelve “Muggy” Graham, has taken another look. The former brilliant St. George’s College ball handler, remains firm in the view that admission to high school should have a distinct academic bias. Any other talent should find a home away from the laboratories and study rooms of learning environs. Never should the ability to influence a sporting outcome, be considered. This columnist has developed some empathy for the practice, for which the Doctor has little or no time. However, there needs to be an established template for this cross fertilisation, which must be set in the interest of all concerned. What must be foremost in the mind of the relevant parties, is the future of the young boy or girl. It is ideal that both the academic and sporting potential of the individual are considered, so once the switch is completed, there must be equal attempts to address both aspects. This columnist is aware of programmes where if the performance on the field of play does not live up to expectations, there is a total separation from the new school. This should not be.last_img read more

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Klopp and Tuchel meet again, this time on even playing field

first_img0Shares0000Klopp and Tuchel shake hands after Liverpool’s win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League in 2016 © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – The last time Thomas Tuchel went to Anfield, he was in charge of a Borussia Dortmund side who were dumped out of the Europa League after a stunning Liverpool comeback.On Tuesday he returns with Paris Saint-Germain looking to finally get one over Jurgen Klopp in one of the most enticing ties in the Champions League group phase. Klopp and Tuchel are the highest profile German coaches around today, with both men having followed strikingly similar paths at home before taking up jobs with two of Europe’s biggest names.At 51, the genial Klopp is six years Tuchel’s senior and his CV features two Bundesliga titles and two Champions League finals, while his opposite number was appointed by PSG in May despite having only won one German Cup as a coach.– ‘An outstanding coach’ –Klopp has won eight, and lost just one, of 12 previous meetings with Tuchel. He is quick to play down that record, however, pointing out that Tuchel was not in charge of a side containing the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe before.Jurgen Klopp in good spirits at Monday’s pre-game press conference © AFP / Paul ELLIS“When I was at Dortmund I had a pretty strong side and he was at Mainz, he did an outstanding job there so it’s not really fair to bring that up when you talk about the records,” Klopp said on Monday.“He is an outstanding coach, I really thought it was a smart decision of PSG to sign Tuchel.”The svelte 45-year-old is the man PSG’s Qatari owners are hoping can finally lead them to Champions League glory, despite his past experience amounting to one quarter-final exit with Dortmund in 2017.A year before that, at the same stage of the Europa League, Dortmund were 3-1 up at Anfield before losing 4-3.That was part of the learning curve for the economics graduate Tuchel, a native Swabian like Klopp, and also a defender during his playing days.While Klopp was a stalwart for Mainz on the field before becoming coach in 2001, Tuchel’s own playing career was cut short by injury.– Contrasting approaches –But since moving into coaching he has followed in the footsteps of “Kloppo” — taking over at Mainz in 2009 a year after Klopp’s departure for Dortmund, and then directly replacing him at the Signal Iduna Park in 2015.The two men got their coaching badges together in Cologne in 2006, but it is the differences between them that have stuck with Erich Rutemoeller, their instructor.Klopp “was more motivated than anyone and was especially interested in the psychological aspect,” Rutemoeller told Le Parisien, while stressing the more introverted Tuchel’s great respect for Pep Guardiola.“When I read that he spent a whole evening talking about tactics with Pep Guardiola, a few years ago in Munich, moving around the salt and pepper, I thought to myself: ‘He’s not changed’.”Thomas Tuchel oversees PSG’s training session on Monday ahead of their trip to Anfield © AFP / FRANCK FIFEAs for a Tuchel win against Klopp, you have to go back to April 2010, when Mainz beat Dortmund 1-0 at their old Bruchwegstadion thanks to an Adam Szalai goal.In two years at Dortmund, Tuchel could not repeat Klopp’s successes, his path to the Bundesliga title blocked by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. But he enjoyed the greater success at Mainz, leading them into Europe in 2011.Liverpool’s start to this season has raised hopes of a genuine Premier League title challenge, with Klopp overseeing five wins out of five.But PSG rock up with a perfect domestic record too, and Tuchel has become the first ever coach of the club to win his first five Ligue 1 matches.“For this kind of team with unbelievable individual quality, you still need a manager who can teach or educate them in playing together and they brought in one of the best I know,” Klopp added.“That makes them quite a big challenge for us. Individual quality mixed with a really good manager makes it a threat.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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