Suriname football development on track, says Webb

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb (center) at the groundbreaking ceremony for the SVB’s income generation project. 

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The official unveiling and opening of several significant projects undertaken by the Surinamese Football Federation (Surinaamse Voetbal Bond/SVB) was the main objective for a brief, but productive, visit by FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

The one-day program consisted of a grassroots festival, groundbreaking for four new mini-fields -- funded via FIFA's Income Generation Programme – plus, meetings with key stakeholders, including government officials and football partners.

“The Surinamese Football Federation is steadily progressing to enhance the development of football, as evidenced by their current projects,” said Webb.  “Within a very short time, they have created a solid grassroots foundation and have garnered the support of their government to improve the football program in Paramaribo.” 

Following FIFA’s grant to Suriname earlier this year for a Goal Project and income generation, the SVB plans to build a football shop and a new football stadium, according to SVB President, Mr. John Krishnadath.   

“President Webb has helped the SVB turn the page of football in Suriname, giving us the opportunity to become self-sustainable. Now we have two income generating projects – the Orwu Cull mini fields, sports café and fitness gym, as well as the Win in CONCACAF funds which will be used to set up an SVB football shop so we can cater to all members," said Mr. Krishnadath.  "This is a completely new concept for football in our country and we are looking forward to conceptualizing it.”

Webb added, “The SVB have developed some key partnerships to advance the sport in its country, which is of utmost importance to taking football to the next level for the benefit of the youth, clubs and administrators.  I would like to congratulate them, under the leadership of its President, John Krishnadath.”