Bonaire aims to benefit from grassroots initiative

 As part of the CONCACAF grassroots program in Bonaire, a football festival was conducted for children on March 10, 2014.

KRALENDIJK, Curacao – CONCACAF took its grassroots development program to Bonaire last week, providing education to coaches and conducting a football festival for more than 100 children.

Thirty coach-educators, representing local clubs and schools participated in the course, which combined classroom sessions and on-field practical application for those instructing children aged 6-12. 

The course was conducted by CONCACAF instructors Anton Corneal (Trinidad & Tobago) and Neal Ellis (USA). 

“This course sets the foundation for the future,” Ludwig Balentin, President of the Bonaire Football Federation, told  “Bonaire will build on this and someday have our first professional player.”

CONCACAF took the grassroots initiative to Bonaire as part of confederations plan to improve coaching standards and facilitate development of youth football players across the region.