Tuesday, July 03rd , 2012 – With the recent signing of Saint Lucian born ZaIne Pierre at the Italian Football Club, Genoa, the Government of Saint Lucia is making a real investment to raise the standard of the sport on the island.
Monday July 1st, 2012 saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport and the Saint Lucia Football Association (SLFA) to provide training in the first phase to thirty coaches over a one year period.
The programme will be administered through the National Initiative to Create Employment – NICE programme.
Saint Lucia’s Sports Minister Honourable Sean Edwards says government is committed to providing opportunities for youth development through sports and ensuring Saint Lucia can once again be a dominant force in the sport of football.
“At present we are languishing at the ranking of 188th of Fifa’s world ranking and at number 31 in the CONCACAF region, I must highlight that we are ranked higher only to the BVI, Anguilla, Monseratt and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Now more than ever the Saint Lucia Football Association needs the support of all concerned to commence the monumental task of reversing the football fortunes of our country. This MOU signing ceremony where we are assigning the SLFA a number of coaches through the NICE programme is very timely and significant”.
Under the one year programme the football coaches will also receive training in Conflict Resolution and Child Care Training. The Sports Minister says the signing of the MOU represents a deepening of the relationship between the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the SLFA.
Minister Edwards says this is critical to the growth of football on the island. “I would like to admonish the coaches to take this assignment serious as the task ahead of a huge one so I urge the coaches to remain focus and always put country first, The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports views this initiative as a spring board for catapulting the relationship with the SLFA to high levels”.
Minister Edwards says he is confident with adequate investment and a strategic focus Saint Lucia can continue to produce world class football stars.