Help universities, colleges, clubs to unearth talent – Francis

first_imgMVP Track Club’s head coach, Stephen Francis, feels Jamaica’s sprinting programme will never replace nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, but he has urged track and field’s stakeholders to assist the universities, colleges and clubs to develop and turn out future world class talents. “Well I think we are going to have a problem obviously when Usain Bolt decides to call it a day. There is no obvious replacement it appears on the male side,” he said. Francis was, however, quick to point out that Bolt, the only man in history to win three consecutive triple track and field gold medals at the Olympics is the standard bearer, but he is hoping to discover the next big male athlete at his MVP track base. “I think at UTech we have a programme which would probably like to turn up somebody, but I don’t think there is anybody who can even begin to compare to Usain,” said Francis. He admitted that Jamaica’s current and upcoming stock of athletes will be of a lower level. “The people who we have … are at a lower level,” Francis reasoned. Bolt who is coached by Francis’ counterpart Glen Mills, is the fastest man ever at 100 and 200 metres with his records standing at 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. Francis was speaking at an official welcome home function on Tuesday night inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport. He, and members of the MVP Track Club, had just returned home from their camp in Europe. They had travelled to compete on the Diamond League circuit, following outstanding performances at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “Right now we are dependent on UTech, UWI, GC Foster and Mico to make a contribution to allow these kids to study and train at the same time and we have to make sure that, that contribution does not diminish,” Francis said. According to the veteran coach who has nurtured numerous Olympic and IAAF World Championships stars, Jamaica’s programme needs to ensure that people like medical personnel get the experience that they desire and the clubs are not heavily penalised when they try to acquire gym equipment and technology for their athletes. “Those are the things that we need. We don’t want to be like the football people who try from top up, then they hire a great coach and try to make things happen without investing from the bottom,” he warned. ALLOW TO STUDY AND TRAINlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal soccer star Mark Farren is half-way towards raising the cash he needs for his cancer treatment after just three days.Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh with Mark Farren at a fundraiser Pic by Joe Boland.The former Derry City striker, who underwent surgery for a third time last month, has been battling a brain tumour for six years and plans to travel to an elite cancer treatment centre in Germany.The treatment will cost approximately €30,000 and an online funding page was set-up on Friday as the League of Ireland community rallies behind the 32-year-old. So far a total of 567 backers have donated more than €18,000 to Mark’s fund.Finn Harps have announced they will make a collection for the popular player during Friday’s clash with Waterford Utd at Finn Park.There will also be bucket collections at all SSE Airtricity League grounds over the next two weeks.Former Finn Harps manager Peter Hutton has urged people to donate what they can and support ‘a lovely young fellow’. “It’s been a fantastic and duly deserved,” Hutton said. ”Mark’s been a stalwart and legend for the club, not just the club, but the League of Ireland in general. So it’s great that people have come out and shown that response.“He’s a lovely young fellow, a real gent, and it’s sad that it it takes this for people to rally round, but it just shows the esteem he’s held in.“Please God the money keeps coming in and he gets the treatment that he needs and hopefully he’s on the road to recovery then.”Farren retired from football when he was first diagnosed in 2008 but made a remarkable return in 2011 and managed to break Liam Coyle’s goalscoring record before moving to Glenavon.All donations can be made here and more information is available on AMAZING PUBLIC RESPONSE AS FUND FOR TRAGIC SOCCER STAR MARK PASSES HALF-WAY was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancerm fundderry citydonegalfinn harpsMark Farrenlast_img read more