CONCACAF Girls Grassroots Course held in Antigua
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(ABOVE) Aspiring young footballers go through a training session at the CONCACAF Girls Grassroots Festival on December 6, 2014, at the Antigua Recreation Grounds in St. John's Antigua & Barbuda.

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda – The Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) completed its first-ever CONCACAF Girls Grassroots Course on Saturday at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

The program focused coaching instruction and culminated with a Grassroots Festival.

“Be representatives of the ABFA, not only on the field, but off the field,” said ABFA President Everton Gonsalves in an address to the participating coaches and ABFA executives at the closing ceremony.  “Loyalty, integrity, principles of good governance, discipline, good behavior that is what the ABFA is asking you to accentuate.  Work hard, encourage fair play, help the younger ones, help your peers and, certainly, the older ones.”

CONCACAF instructor Joe Supe was delighted to lead the three-day gathering.

“On behalf of CONCACAF, I want to thank the federation for their efforts of developing the female players,” he said.  “I think it is a very important act.  Definitely, there is a lot of potential.  We saw that today on the field with all of these young ladies that have talent.” 

The girls’ course was the third conducted by CONCACAF in 2014.