ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (October 24, 2015) – The Executive Committee of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) shored up their skills with a recent Organisation and Leadership Retreat Workshop, from October 12 to 19. The workshop, which was powered by FIFA and which was led by FIFA-appointed personnel, had as the overarching agenda strategic planning processes.

The ExCo huddled at Sugar Ridge, where they examined the importance and benefits of strategic planning and FIFA’s experiences, tools and techniques used in strategic planning. The exercise also included understanding the steps to go from strategic planning to business and action plans.

The benefits of the retreat were numerous, ABFA Vice President Gwendolyn Salmon said, in that, as a management tool, it provided the ExCo with direction and will enable effective allocation of resources. She said, too, that the retreat highlighted the anatomy of good decision-making, how to set a long-term direction, and ways to boots leadership and accountability.

“We had a packed agenda over period during which time the facilitators engaged in sessions with the personnel responsible for the numerous subject areas which fall under the ABFA, from competitions to communications, to finance, futsal and beach football, the technical director and coaches, the secretariat, marketing, media, every aspect,” Salmon said.

“The sessions – from what the facilitators were introducing to the ExCo examining our best practices and looking at areas in need of improvement – were impactful. It is now for us to put into practice those things that we are able to use that can be done with little to no barriers and to commit to working on those things that may take more effort in terms of human or financial resources. In the end, it’s all about being a better association in the interest of the member associations and the development of football,” Salmon added.