21st August 2012, St. John’s Antigua- Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) in conjunction with FIFA, the world’s governing body of football, is conducting a FIFA women’s football coaching course here in Antigua & Barbuda at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.

The course started on Monday and will run until August 25.
The week-long course will involve all aspects of women’s football to include fitness, team preparation, knowledge of the game and its laws, and also execution of game plans.

It is also expected to have theoretical and practical sessions.
The main facilitator is Andrea Rodenbaug of Mexico, and she will be assisted by ABFA Technical Director Tom Curtis.

Addressing the opening ceremony, ABFA President Everton “Batow” Gonsalves said that football in Antigua & Barbuda is at its highest point ever and that ABFA is still working hard to maintain that standard.

The football boss charged the participants to grasp the opportunity to become good female football coaches.
He further stressed that FIFA is placing much emphasis on women’s football, not only on the players, but also on the aspects of refereeing and administration.

FIFA mandated that 50 per cent of the course participants must be women.
Gonsalves urged everyone to continue supporting ABFA’s programme because the country is moving in the right direction for football.
Thirty-five participants are attending the course which climaxes on Saturday with a football festival.

The opening ceremony was also addressed by Rodenbaug and head of the ABFA female football programme and Competitions Committee, Gwen Salmon, both of whom hailed FIFA for the vision to promote women’s football.

Some of the participants include Rolston “Debo” Williams, Lenny Hewlett, John Lloyd,Joey Christopher, national striker Kerry “Arab” Skepple, Kelisha Antoine, Ada Sandy, Patrice Davis, Patrice Maile and referee/fitness instructor Curtis Charles.

Vanroy Burns Daily Observer Antigua