SKNFA hosts FIFA Futuro III Referee Instructor Course
By Drizel Hanley
Futuro III Referee Instructors Course, the first of its kind in St.Kitts, kicked-off at a brief Opening Ceremony at the Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay on Monday, June 11th 2012.
Minister of Sports the Hon. Glen Phillip officially opened the FIFA FUTURO III Referee Instructor’s Course.
The Sports Minister in his remarks said that education is very important aspect in any sport, especially in football which is going through a very interesting phase in St.Kitts-Nevis.
He further explained that such courses help to further develop the knowledge and technical know-how of the people involved with it.
“Continuous development of every aspect – be it playing, coaching or refereeing is essential for the development of any sport”, he added.
The open ceremony was also attended by Deputy Governor General, Sir Edmund Lawrence; FIFA Development Officers, Angenie Kanhai and Howard McIntosh; FIFA Physical & Technical Referee Instructors, President of the SKNFA, Mr. Anthony Johnson; General Secretary of the SKNFA, Mr. Stanley Jacobs; Technical Director, Mr. Lenny Lake and other executive members of the SKNFA Executive.
The event, which is being held under the auspices of the St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) brings together over thirty participants from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, BVI, Dominica, Grenada, Netherlands Antilles, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and host country St. Kitts & Nevis.
The course is being facilitated by FIFA’s Referee Development Officer, Mr. Ramesh Ramdhan; FIFA’s Fitness Instructor Mr. Merere Gonzales of Trinidad and Tobago, and FIFA’s Referee Instructor Mr. Peter Prendergast of Jamaica.
Attending the six day course from the Federation are Stuart Rawlins and Troy Mills of the St. Kitts Referees Association and Leroy Greene from the Nevis Football Association. In addition, Ms Judith Isles is beign trained as the Referees Fitness Instructor for the Federation.
FUTURO III focuses on the education of member association instructors in the topics of coaching, refereeing, administration and management and sports medicine. Participants in this programme are expected to be actively teaching in their member associations, both before and after the course.
FUTURO III courses use a regional format, assembling and educating instructors selected by the member associations from neighbouring countries in a centralised venue.
The courses begin at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm daily.