July 18, 2014
Courses ramp up national football programme

A host of courses will fortify the football programme of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) in the upcoming months.{{more}}

Starting from the ground up, a female grassroots coaching course will take place from July 22 to 26, at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.

According to first vice president of the SVGFF Kenton Ollivierre, “The course begins on July 22 at 9:00 am, with the normal opening ceremony at Arnos Vale Media Center… It will be facilitated by FIFA woman instructor Andrea Rodebaugh… We have invited 30 participants from all across the island.”

In detailing the format to SEARCHLIGHT, Ollivierre said, “The course will be both theoretical and practical work… It will conclude with a mini grassroots festival on Saturday, July 26, and we will be aiming at having about 150 girls attend.”

Ollivierre said that directly on the heels of the grassroots course, a female grassroots festival is planned for August 10 to13.

Charged with the technical responsibilities of the SVGFF, Ollivierre revealed that a coaching workshop with the technical director of local football Keith Ollivierre, aimed at equipping local club coaches will be staged also in the month of August.

However, the SVGFF’s 1st VP was unable to give a date and venue for the hosting of the workshop.

He also confirmed that an additional D licence course is on the agenda for October.

Ollivierre noted that this is a follow up to the one staged in May.

That course was facilitated by Kittian Lenny Lake and Ettiene Siliee of the Netherland Antilles.

“Of the 42 coaches who attended the course, four didn’t complete all stages, seven failed at least one stage, so there were 31 successful coaches”, Ollivierre revealed.

The licencing system, which is relatively new to the region, is designed and executed by CONCACAF’s Development Office and funded by the Confederation as part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of the sport.(RT)