‘Superb Cuts’ hairdresser plays a big role in the youth development program of the South


Former national football player Teran ‘OG’ John contributes significantly to the development of young people in the southern community of Ti Rocher, Micoud.

In addition to young people trained in the basics of football, they also learn personal behavior and the acquisition of “soft skills”.

Teran ‘OG’ John dressing one of his loads in the show.

As the Youth Program Coordinator, John worked with the Ti Rocher Football Club (TFC) to set up an exercise program and regular sessions that keep young people fully involved and engaged in the business.

“We set goals for each day. I have 15 coaches that I separate into different age groups and do my best to sell the game to children, from the local level. We try to sell it to the younger ones, and with the more advanced players we get into the basic techniques, ”he said.

John said the coaches were supportive of the program and volunteered their time to undertake the exercise.

“The coaches are interested in this program, and although they are not yet fully qualified… they have the knowledge,” he added.

The young participants come from Ti Rocher, Desruisseaux and Micoud.

John is a barber by profession and owner of the “Superb Cuts” barber shop, which has also been influential in maintaining a “haircut program” for young people.

“The haircut program is an initiative undertaken by the SLFA (Saint Lucia Football Association) to give back to children,” said John.

He says that with the contribution of SLFA President Lyndon Cooper, the three-year haircut initiative will continue.

John said the haircut process on average takes around three days to meet a maximum of around 60 youngsters.

Appointments are set up in a format to undertake the exercise, with the help of one or two other barbers in the community.

John said parents have been very supportive of the program “and they love it and they really appreciate it … but because of COVID we may have to push it back.”

He adds, “We do this exercise every year… and every time we have summer camp, we do it after the sessions are over.

Superb Cuts is a big supporter of activities that respond to the development of young people in the community. “This is our main priority… the development of young people. Personally, I grew up without this foundation and my goal now is to create a foundation for children, so that when they grow up they can pass it on to their young peers, ”said John.

“My company has been involved in youth development even before it was registered,” he added. “I started cutting my hair at home for $ 5 and used to take that money and buy balls to organize play sessions for young people in my community. “

John remembers that during his years as a national player and his travels to represent the country; he maintained his profession as a barber and “I cut the manager’s hair to the players on the team because they all liked the way I worked.”

John believes that the “haircut vibe” helps instill a certain sense of “self-confidence” in an individual. Professional gamers, he said, are now caught up in the styles of ‘trendy haircuts’ and ‘it’s like in your normal life, you have to keep clean and look sharp’.

Community activist Ti Rocher has taken on an additional role of “teaching young people to cut their hair”.

He noted: “My journey has not been easy. I realize this is something God has given me and therefore, I do my best to give back in any way I can.

TFC President Lee Willie approves the program and credits John, one of their senior players, for contributing to building a structure for the club through “the need to help the kids.”

The two teammates set out to expand the structure and in the process, Willie took on the role of TFC president.

“Year after year we basically decided that there was growth in the program… and over the last five years the business has been officially implemented,” said Willie.

The youth program is aimed at a total of around 80 young people, aged four to 17 years old. The sessions take place at the Beauchamps playground, in the community.

“We don’t just do the football program, we have social workers and we have indoor sessions, where motivational speakers speak to the kids,” John explained.


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