ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Participants from 9 Caribbean countries are taking part in an Inaugural FIFA Course for MA Technical Directors from the South East Caribbean got under way with an opening ceremony at Jolly Beach Resort on April 4th. The course will run from April 4-8.
The Member Associations taking part in the course are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
Among the anticipated key, outcomes are for the Technical Directors to gain additional knowledge and for them to share experiences.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association Everton Gonsalves lauded the training programme. “The technical directors are charged with designing and leading their national technical programmes at all levels and with ensuring cohesion across all spheres. They have a tough task, and their populations have high expectations. We are extremely pleased with this FIFA initiative which we expect will have tangible benefits for the TDs,” Mr. Gonsalves said.
Sports minister the Hon. Minister of Sports E. P. Chet Greene officially opened the five-day course and was pleased to see homegrown Technical Directors representing the MA’s.
In his remarks, the minister thanks FIFA for choosing Antigua as a host country.
“This is first of its kind in our region. We are greatly honored to host this course. Let me also congratulate FiFA for showing commitment to building the beautiful game of football in the region,” he said.
Minister Greene urged the participants to pursue excellence as failure is not an option.
ABFA General Secretary Gordon Derrick, in welcoming the participants and FIFA instructors and other members of the delegation, also commended the development programme and thanked FIFA for taking a step that would improve the participants’ skill sets and forge alliances.
The course is organized by the FIFA South East Caribbean office led by Development Officer Howard McIntosh along with Anton Corneal, TDO and Patrice William ADO. In attendance from FIFA are Technical Consultants, Hansruedi Hasler, Francesco Bruscoli , Vinmore Blaine and Education Programme Coordinator Sandra Avila.
McIntosh welcomed the participants on behalf of FIFA President Gianni Infantino was very happy with the course and charged the participants to take full advantage of it. The course represents FIFA ‘s focus on developing the game and the need for long term planning in the member countries.