Defining week for future of female football
So says Colin Baker – GFF Female Programme Director
By Franklin Wilson in Trinidad
The future could be further defined following the Lady Jags’ participation in the Second Round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifying taking place in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The stir and air of expectation that the Lady Jags have created on the distaff side of the sport has been phenomenal not only in Guyana but in the Diaspora. It is widely believed that where our male players have stopped short, the women will surpass, and that is qualification for a World Cup.
While the main players are taking the continued progress of the female programme in stride, Director of the initiative Colin Baker is firmly of the view that the performance of the ‘Lady Jags’ this week will further define the future of the sport in Guyana.
“Certainly, I think it is a very important and critical week for the programme, for decisions as we seek to move forward in the right direction. Success this week can bring huge support which what we are looking for.”
Baker, who is also President of the Guyana Sports Development Foundation, a Miami based organisation noted that the Women’s Programme is not just about this current team since about 75% of the current crop of players are eligible to represent Guyana at the Under-23 level, “So this is a very critical week.”
Elaborating on the way forward, Baker informed that the Management team along with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), which has been very supportive of the Programme, are looking at a series of friendly matches as potential fund-raisers for the team.
“And obviously, qualification here in T&T determines our dates for the future and what we can do.”
Baker is encouraging corporate entities to come on board and partner with the Programme now rather than waiting until more success is achieved.
He reminded that they held a successful presentation to the business community in Canada last Thursday which was attended by some 75 persons and he is anticipating great things as a result of that interaction.
He was however quick to point out that Marketing the Product is also a key component of the entire process.
“If you have a product that is marketable of course you will attract sponsors and partners which would see everyone benefitting, so with our success this week it can also assist with business promotions.”
The GSDF President emphasized that it is not just about sponsorship, “It’s about partnership” and it really does have to be financial only.
“It can be in many different ways which will benefit or programme which is still in its infancy.”
With regard to further recruitment of players, he noted that success brings awareness pointing out that a number of players have been getting in touch with them stating their willingness to play for Guyana.
Whilst reminding that the week is critical for the future, Baker was quick to note that it would not be the end of the road if things did not necessarily work out the way they see it,
“But definitely we are very confident that things will work out and we will all make Guyana proud.”