Caribbean football administrators graduate from executive programme

Published on 11 October 2019

The graduates of the FIFA, CEIS and UWI-St. Augustine Football Executive Programme and representatives of FIFA, CIES, UWI-St. Augustine and Concacaf

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – Twenty-seven senior football executives from 17 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Member Associations graduated from the first edition of the Football Executive Programme for the Caribbean on Saturday, October 5 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine campus Trinidad and Tobago.

The programme, an initiative of FIFA and the International Centre of Sports Studies (CIES) with the support of UWI St. Augustine designed to further enhance football administration across the Caribbean, began in November 2018. It incorporated eight modules, including accounting and finance, communication, event management and development, marketing, project management and strategy.

The participating Member Associations were Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Before the pomp and ceremony in the evening, the graduates spent the day presenting their projects. The projects, in order of presentation, were establishment of regional academy training centers (Guyana); upgrading parish fields (Grenada); establishing a semi-professional league (Barbados); 2020 youth tournament (Trinidad and Tobago); facilities upgrade and football development (Curacao); football infrastructure (Aruba); governance structures (USVI); development of technical center (Antigua and Barbuda); academy development (BVI); primary school football and field development (Anguilla); infrastructure development (Montserrat); development of technical center (Jamaica); fustal development (Bahamas); senior women’s football (Bermuda); secondary school football (St. Vincent and the Grenadines); revitalization of women’s football (Turks and Caicos Islands); and multifunctional sports center (Suriname).

CFU President Randolph Harris gave the feature address at the graduation ceremony, congratulating the football executives and challenging them to put their knowledge to practical application.

“Such academic courses create opportunities and help in building a common vision among our Caribbean football community. Our region needs professional and educated sports administrators to lead the development agenda and to promote our Caribbean football on the world scene,” President Harris said.

Véron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer, was also present. He congratulated the graduates and said the course will become a staple across the world.

“This successful programme, which was a pilot project, will become a permanent feature and will be disseminated all over the world. The next courses will be held in Dakar, for the French speaking MAs in the region, and later in Port-Elisabeth, for the English-speaking ones. We are also delighted to confirm that similar programmes will be soon available for middle management roles. Such courses represent FIFA’s strong commitment to support our MAs through capacity building and professional empowerment,” he said.

Dr. Matteo Tassi, CIES Executive Training Programmes representative, who also attended the event, congratulated the participants and partners. “Together we have shared our common willingness to advance together, improve football through education and to support its professionalization worldwide,” he said.

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