FIFA and the St. Lucia Football Association (SLFA) kicked off the Grassroots Football Com-Unity Seminar at Sandals Halcyon from October 31 to November 2 to help further develop grassroots football across the country.
The seminar was preceded by a three-day Grassroots coach educators’ course conducted by Lenny Lake, FIFA Instructor from St. Kitts & Nevis.
The seminar was declared open by FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, who was making his first ever visit to St. Lucia. The president congratulated the SLFA on their focus on grassroots football. He also announced the formation of a task force to look at the concept of a Caribbean professional football league.
Minister of Commerce and Investments Emma Hippolyte also addressed the opening ceremony.
“The SLFA pledges its commitment to continue to develop grassroots football and to give it the prominence that it deserves. We have already instituted measures that place grassroots football at the top of our priorities,” said Lyndon Cooper, president of the St. Lucia Football Federation.
Coaches, media representatives, government partners and football enthusiasts participated in the three-day Com-Unity Seminar. The SLFA’s main goal, Cooper explained, was to bring key stakeholders of both government and the private sector together with the football community to begin a constructive dialogue about growing the country’s grassroots programme.
Representatives and stakeholders from across the entire SLFA ‘Football Family’ enthusiastically tackled many issues throughout the programme, often generating solutions through several working group sessions.
SLFA Technical Director Ces Podd shared the SLFA’s Grassroots Development Programme vision with the attendees. He closed off his presentation with the SLFA’s commitment to grassroots football in the country, and specifically in each of St. Lucia’s 19 districts.
FIFA Instructors Lenny Lake (St. Kitts & Nevis) and Chris Collie (Canada) presented development, marketing and communications strategies, a strategic planning template and case studies, and at the end of each day facilitated workshops for the participants.