Football Association President, Mr. Andy Bickerton and Members of the Youth Committee, including 1st Vice- President, Mr. Avanel Morton, recently met with the Primary and High School Coaches ahead of the Opening of the 2016/17 School Leagues and urged them to encourage and motivate youngsters to be in the game.
The BDO Primary School and High School Leagues will both kick off on Wednesday 12th October, 2016, with the now Traditional and much anticipated March through Road Town, along Waterfront Drive and to the A.O. Shirley Ground.
Mr. Bickerton announced to the Coaches, several of whom had recently successfully completed CONCACAF “D” Licenses that the Association now had a clear pathway for youths from 5 years old to Senior Representative levels, but, that with the Coaches continued efforts, the programs could only get stronger.
“I am optimistic for the future “he stated “The After School Program is already the envy of many other Sports Associations and combined with the Physical Literacy Program, with its focus on encouragement and motivation, the future for the game is very bright.
Regionally the game is also expanding with U13 competition joining the extensive program.
“These Youth Competitions give added incentive for youths to play football, but also means we (the F.A.) have to invest more in our Coaches” Bickerton explained “We will be looking at holding a CONCACAF “C” or “D” license early in 2017 and the F.A. Executive is looking at issuing each Coach with a contract and a curriculum, which will need to be followed and given feedback”
Mr. Bickerton also informed the Coaches that Sponsors are being sought to join in the increased interest in Football, with each of the School Teams now available to individual sponsors.
Information on registering for F.A. Youth Programs, School Leagues and any of the many other possibilities offered by football, such as Refereeing, can be obtained from the F.A.office, whilst information will also be delivered directly to schools from this week, September 5th, 2016.