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Time to change the status quo


Friday, October 24, 2014 2:21 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, 22 October, 2014: On the eve of the release of the new FIFA Coca Cola world ranking, Grenada's first female Minister of Sports, Hon. Emmalin Pierre, is challenging the Grenada Football Association to change the status quo in football in Grenada. It is expected that the rankings will be released tomorrow, October 23rd.

The Grenadian Minister called on the GFA to submit a technical plan that seeks to fulfill this country's intentions regarding the further advancement of national teams. The sports minister believes that the time has come for a more professional approach to be taken towards the development and participation of national football teams. Such a plan should, in the minister's opinion, should also pay attention to structure and administration, and be geared towards the professionalization of the sport in Grenada.

Grenada's success in regional football has prompted the Sports Minister's comments given our rich football history in CONCACAF . The national team, which qualified on two previous location for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, failed to go pass the second round recently in Puerto Rico. Minister Pierre believes that with government's commitment to improving football infrastructure and the provision of additional support, the time has come for a more structured approach to be developed.

In challenging the GFA to change the status quo Minister Pierre said, "I believe we must now seriously look at a technical master plan for the next few years. A plan that focuses on the certification of coaches, as well as a combined effort to provide a dream for our youngsters in primary schools and those in grassroots programmes around the island"

With reference to coaches, "Let me first of all congratulate those who were responsible for the coaching of our national youth and senior teams this year, and encourage them to work towards personal and professional development " stated Minister Pierre. She went on, "I believe the time has come when a full time coach with a cadre of elite players must be the way forward if we are to succeed in the future"

The Minister's comment comes following her own declaration of commitment to facilitating the development of local football and the establishment of the requisite structures to facilitate the establishment of professional approach to sports on the island.

Recently the Grenadian Sports Minister convened a meeting with Grenada Football Association executive committee and encouraged them to work selflessly for the development of the sport while putting away egos.

Minister Pierre hopes that the Grenada Football Association will be able to fulfill this mandate and both produce and implement the technical plan. If this is done then football in Grenada will have a bright and prosperous future.


 

 

 

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