GFF to continue training & educational programmes – TDO France
By Franklin Wilson
Technical Development Officer of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Lyndon France has informed that the governing body will continue to pursue a path of continuous training and development during 2011.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport on the focus for technical Development this year, France noted that football in Guyana has surely grown over the past ten years and has become more popular with a larger players pool and a better structured GFF with its affiliated associations and clubs now required to meet standards and follow certain procedures.
“But I think much more needs to be done to ensure that the clubs are structured and function the way they ought to if we are going to really consolidate and build. It’s a bit of a challenge but something that we must do. For us to truly compete at club and association level in the Caribbean and further afield a lot of work needs to be done right across the spectrum.”
France, who has been exposed to training locally, regionally and internationally, notes that the game is influenced by the Ball (facilities and equipment) followed by the people who kick it. Players and by those who influence the quality of players and play the most; the Coaches working in every capacity and across all levels with the Administrators.
“It has been proven that once a ball is available no matter what the facilities and or equipment players are in abundance. However, the standard of living in any community has always been closely associated with how informed its people are and this is no different for our footballers and football playing communities.”
He believes that it is for the above reason that the GFF must continue its training, education and development programmes.
“However, the game will only benefit from these kinds of programmes and exposure when the GFF put in place, demands and ensure that minimum levels are met by its affiliates and clubs.”
He informed that the federation has been working to supplement its coach’s education, technical and tactical programmes with sociology, physiology and psychology which is his vision for 2011 and beyond.
“The introduction of a well structured coach’s education and development and coaching license system, structured to ensure that coaches working under the auspices of the federation especially in our schools and clubs are equipped to nurture our young ones will be pursued vigorously.”
France is also aiming to achieve well structured age training and competitions for the nursery (6-12) and youth (12+ – 17) departments are offered on a continuous basis.
He is of the view that grater collaboration between the federation and government on issues such as the development of playing facilities, HIV Aids, Substance Abuse and other social ills and especially financial assistance when it has to do with participation Internationally is vital to the continued development of the sport.