Guyana launches FIFA Football for Schools program

Published on 05 May 2022

The Guyana Football Federation launched the FIFA Football for Schools program on May 4, 2022. 

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 5, 2022)—The Guyana Football Federation National Training Centre was the venue for the launch of the FIFA Football for Schools program on Tuesday, May 4, making Guyana the first country in the Concacaf Confederation to welcome the project.

The program—an initiative of FIFA, in collaboration with UNESCO—aims to make football more accessible to boys and girls across the 211 FIFA member organizations, empowering the youth with life skills and competencies.

Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde said his association is honored to be the first in Concacaf selected for the program.

“We are humbled by this opportunity and are determined to deliver success,” Forde said. He called the initiative “the finest expression of the power of football to bring people together and change lives.”

During his remarks, Alexandre Gros, Project Leader Football for Schools, commended the collegiality amongst the GFF and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Sports. He also praised the objectives of the program.

“By embracing football for schools, you will see the exceptional power that football has to bring together a multi-cultural, multiethnic, multifaceted nation such as Guyana. The long-term benefits of such a program, if applied at full capacity, will be felt for years,” Gros said.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) General Secretary Camara David also focused on the ability of the program to unite and positively affect communities.

CFU General Secretary Camara David

“Football equalizes. And we trust that this pilot program in Guyana will touch and benefit students across all demographics, across all divides—from the Indo-Guyanese to the Afro-Guyanese to the indigenous Guyanese. From Georgetown to Linden; New Amsterdam to Anna Regina; Bartica, Skeldon to Rosignol and Mahdia, to Vreed-en-Hoop and small spaces like Mabaruma. We trust that it will positively affect boys and girls, the rich and rich in spirit.

“We tip our hats to FIFA for the program and for bringing it to the CFU region. We look forward to the success stories and to the roll out, in due course, in other countries,” David said.

The CFU General Secretary also honed in on regional unity, saying, “We are one Caribbean united in passion, purpose and performance. A win for one is a win for all; success for one is success for all. The ball is in your half, GFF. You will do well.”

A mixture of football administrators, stalwarts and celebrated players as well as government officials, teachers and students attended the launch.  

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