FIFA, the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) have announced a new strategic partnership today and launched the Football Executive Programme – a new professional development course designed to further enhance football administration across the Caribbean region.
Building on FIFA’s commitment to help strengthen and develop football leaders and administrators within Member Associations (MAs), the Football Executive Programme will offer an enhanced, multifaceted and comprehensive training programme for general secretaries and senior football executives working for MAs across the Caribbean.
Scheduled to begin in January 2019 at the UWI, the programme will comprise of eight different modules that will focus on strengthening senior Caribbean football executives across several key aspects of football administration, including strategy, project management, communication, marketing, event management and development.
The programme will also comprise of several intensive practical sessions that will enable executives to benefit from and share knowledge with internationally renowned presenters and experienced professionals, which can then be applied by the participants within the day-to-day activities of their associations.
Veron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA’s Director of Member Associations – CAF and Caribbean Subdivision, is convinced that education and professional development programmes like the Football Executive Programme will help empower Member Associations across the Caribbean and ensure sustainable growth of football across the region.
“FIFA is delighted to finalise and begin implementing this joint project in the Caribbean region,” said Mosengo-Omba. “With our joint partners at the CIES and UWI, the Football Executive Programme will provide an important opportunity for senior administrators in Caribbean football to further develop their skills, as well as ensuring that Member Associations in the region have the right skills and experience in place to grow and develop football in a sustainable way.”
Speaking about the programme, Prof. Denis Oswald, CIES Director said: “For more than 20 years, CIES has developed high quality education programmes all around the world. Thanks to our expertise and our academic partner in the Caribbean, the University of the West Indies (UWI), we are convinced that the Football Executive Programme for the Caribbean GS and Top FIFA Forward staff will support football leaders to professionalise and enhance football administration in this region.”
As the world governing body of football, FIFA delivers a range of programmes to support and develop football within 211 Member Associations.
Initiated by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, following his election in 2016, FIFA Forward is FIFA’s flagship development programme and provides tailor-made assistance, training and development opportunities to players, coaches, and administrators around the world.