Expanding the range of sporting disciplines available to prospective Tobago athletes is a key element of the island’s strategy to boost sport development. It’s also why the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs hosted a two-day interactive workshop to introduce the sport of floorball to more than forty (40) coaches for our communities and special athletes, and within the Department of Sport.
Floorball is a dynamic sport that is similar to hockey and can be played by everyone, including special athletes. The training was facilitated by Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) on March 11-12 at Shaw Park Sporting Complex. The workshop covered topics including equipment basics, how to train special athletes, game rules and the fundamentals of floorball coaching . SOTT is in the process of introducing the sport to the country due to its popularity amongst athletes with disabilities.
Technical Sport Director in the Department of Sport (DOS), Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez, pointed out that Tobago is set to received its first Indoor Sporting Facility in the near future. She hopes the workshop will help create an active sporting body to utilise the facility and produce national athletes.
“With the onset of the indoor facility, we thought it best to prepare athletes and coaches for its usage,” Hoyte-Sanchez said. “Floorball fits directly in line with our vision for sport for all, and for increasing the overall sport participation on the island. It is a simple sport to learn, we (DOS) hope it picks up rhythm, as we continue to build and build as we go forward.”
The DOS Technical Sport Director also wants to utilise the island’s hard court surfaces to play the sport.
“…We hope that the coaches that are being trained today will go out into the communities, coach and train individuals in the sport of floorball. Both special and regular athletes, male and female, can be involved in the sport. Our intent is to develop three floorball teams in Tobago that will form part of the National Floorball Association.”
Participant Nolan Daniel, who coaches volleyball, is also encouraging others to participate in the sport.
“…Covid has given us a different spin on how things should be done. I will be imparting my knowledge to the volleyball teams and hopefully they will share with families and friends to participate in the sport. We (Tobagonians) always have an interest in learning something new, and I expect persons will be drawn to it.”
The Department of Sport is committed to its role in developing sport in Tobago through collaboration, inclusion, promotion and investment in resources.