KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; THURSDAY 11, 2018 – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will host the launching of the CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project this Saturday May 13, 2018 at the Campden Park Playing Field.
The event which commences at 10:00 a.m., and will conclude at 1:00 p.m., will see participation from twenty students from each of the four selected schools namely Kingstown Preparatory, Georgetown Primary, Lowmans Anglican, and Barrouallie Government schools respectively.
These students will participate in football drills as instructed by their coaches, who went through a two-day Train the Trainers Workshop April 12 – 13, 2018.
Saturday’s launch is one of five launching activities taking place simultaneously across five Caribbean islands, namely Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project is expected to further develop the coaches tasked with the job of training the students. During the April 12-13 two-day workshop, the teachers from the four schools were instructed that they must respect the physiological development of the students, and that it is not about winning, it is about development of the students in preparing them for life.
It was recognised that sport is a social tool, and the coaches must also get persons to look past the skills associated with the on-field aspects of the game.
As Jason Roberts stated at the Grassroots Meeting February 06, 2018, “This is about how we view football as a toll for social change.”
Local Coordinator Theron Gordon pointed out that “it is important how we use this programme, use sports to address trouble kids.”
The CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project will following Saturday’s launch, see students being coached on Mondays and Thursdays at the Kingstown Preparatory, Mondays and Wednesday at the Georgetown Primary, Mondays and Thursdays at the Lowman Anglican, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Barrouallie Primary.