MARIGOT, Saint Martin – The Saint Martin Football Association (SMFA) inaugurated new administrative headquarters on Saturday with a ceremony that was well attended by members of the football family, government representatives and general public.
CONCACAF official Alfredo Whittaker participated in the event on behalf of Jeffrey Webb, the Confederation’s President. In his address, Whittaker congratulated the SMFA for reaching such a meaningful milestone, accentuating the advancements made under the leadership of President Fabrice Baly.
This year, in addition to the construction of new offices, the SMFA initiated a rebranding project, unveiled a new logo and organized an International under-13 tournament.
Fulfilling the promise as embodied by its slogan -- Better, Bigger, Beyond -- the SMFA continues to demonstrate its readiness to advance football and play a positive role in the lives of Saint Martin’s youth.
Baly commented on the journey, stating that although it has been challenging to raise the profile of football in St. Martin, the training and development programmes offered by CONCACAF have been very valuable to the SMFA and has greatly assisted in garnering more support for the Association. Mr. Baly also thanked President Webb for giving the SMFA necessary tools to develop and implement its strategic plans.
Since becoming a full member of CONCACAF in April 2013, the SMFA has implemented a strategic development plan to increase awareness of and participation in football, ultimately contributing to CONCACAF’s top priority of development in the region.