Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

Glenveagh National Park to receive €250,000 in funding

first_imgDuring his first official visit to Glenveagh National Park on Thursday, Minister of State Michael Ring confirmed funding of €250,000 in capital investment for Glenveagh National Park and wildlife reserves.Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh said, “I am delighted with Minister Ring’s announcement today of funding for Glenveagh National Park, which is part of the Department’s Capital Programme for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and is aimed at priority capital projects identified within the country’s six National Parks and 80 statutory Nature Reserves.“Over €160,000 has been allocated to upgrading works, which include bridge and road repairs as well as upgrading of waste water facilities, with a further €80,000 being allocated for the control of invasive species. This is fantastic news for Glenveagh National Park.” Glenveagh is a key signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the second largest of six National Parks, and the only National Park in Ulster.“289,000 tourists visited Donegal last year and spent over €83million, according to figures compiled by Fáilte Ireland’s Survey of Overseas Travellers for 2015, not taking into account local visitors. The list shows that Donegal received the eighth most number of tourists in the entire country, with many of these using the walkway and cycle tracks throughout the County, with many visiting Glenveagh’s Park.“Donegal Airport was recently voted among the World’s Top Ten most scenic Airports in the World, the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were voted “Most Impressive Site to Visit” by customers of CIE Tours International, along with our Lighthouses in Fanad Head and St. John’s Point receiving International recognition. As well as opportunities such as Star Wars filming coming to Malin Head earlier this year, and the recent Royal Visit by Prince Charles and Camilla to various parts of the County including Glenveagh Castle, Donegal has a huge amount to offer our visitors.“I wish to commend staff members at Glenveagh National Park for their interest and commitment to our environment and to preserving our natural wildlife and driving tourism to the park. I wish to also acknowledge the wonderful work going on in the Glenveagh Bridge House Education Centre, which I had the pleasure of officially opening in 2014, and the ongoing dedication evident here, in making the teaching of science and nature more attractive to our young people.” Glenveagh National Park to receive €250,000 in funding was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more