CONCACAF’s Development Program concluded its 2013 activities with successful grassroots educational courses in Antigua and Barbuda and then Anguilla as the Confederation continues to engage with member associations in order to build the game.
The courses focused strongly on education, ways of increasing participation and building the strength and quality of grassroots football and youth coaching.
In Antigua, class room sessions, with 30 coaches participating, took place on December 5 and 6. On the following day a lively youth football festival involving 104 children, took place at the historic Antigua Recreation Ground.
Antigua and Barbuda Football Association President Everton Gonsalves welcomed the initiative and said such courses played a key part in his organizations youth development strategy.
“Our investments are the youth of this land, that is why the ABFA is so happy to make sure that we take up programs like this,” he said in his opening remarks alongside Caribbean Football Union President Gordon Derrick and Acting Director of Antigua’s Ministry of Sports Ms. Heather Samuel.
A similar format was followed in Anguilla with classroom sessions on December 12 and 13th and a festival on December 14 at the Anguilla Football Association Technical Centre at The Valley. 32 local coaches took part in the course with 90 children present at the festival.
Opening remarks came from the Anguilla Football Association’s Technical Director Colin Johnson, General Secretary Alkins Rogers and President Raymond Guishard.