Girls grassroots activities held in St. Kitts & Nevis

(ABOVE) Participants in the CONCACAF Girls Grassroots Course & Festival, held April 30-May 2, 2015, at Warner Park Football Stadium in Bassaterre, St. Kitts & Nevis.

BASSATERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis -- The fourth CONCACAF Girls Grassroots Course & Festival concluded on Saturday at Warner Park Football Stadium. 

Through the three-day program, female coaches and administrators were supplied with the education and tools necessary to organize future festivals, while young girls were given an opportunity to experience football in a unique way. 

Activities commenced on April 30 with a two-day coaching course.  In their remarks at the opening ceremony, St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) President Anthony Johnson and General Secretary Stanley Jacobs each stressed that the course was an important element in their efforts to grow women’s football in the country.

Twenty-four engaged and motivated female participants were in attendance, possessing backgrounds ranging from coaching to administration to nursing. 

Instructor Heather Dyche led the sessions, which focused on CONCACAF’s grassroots philosophy and methodology, the role of the coach-educator, the benefits of small-sided games, empowering girls through football and organizing a grassroots festival.

With their new found knowledge, the participants planned and implemented the first all-girls grassroots football festival in St. Kitts.  More than 75 girls -- ranging in age from four- to 14-years-old – were in attendance, many receiving their first exposure to football.  A combination of educational and fun exercises, as well as small-sided games, offered a positive morning of football.

The CONCACAF Development Division and the SKNFA worked hand-in-hand to conduct the course and festival that undoubtedly increased the awareness and interest of women’s football. 

Additional festivals have already been scheduled in St. Kitts, with the coaches and administrators now fully equipped to conduct them successfully.