UK based football coach disappointed with local situation
Identifies young talent for possible scholarship
Peter Barry, a former national football coach now residing in England, continues to demonstrate staunch love for his country, but while eager to enact the necessary provisions to enhance opportunities for budding Guyanese footballers, the football stalwart is somewhat disappointed by the standard of the sport and the general lax attitudes of football executives in Guyana.
Barry recently returned to Guyana to identify young players for possible recruitment into clubs in the United Kingdom but was somewhat astounded by the lackadaisical approach by some affiliates towards the developmental process.
“I arrived in Guyana to identify young players and witnessed an U-16 game between players from Georgetown and Grove and was very disappointed by the poor standard of play and the general deportment of officials,” lamented Barry.
He said that match officials arrived after the scheduled start of play which is totally unacceptable. He said that such behaviours are totally unacceptable since the statutes of the ruling football body behoove all affiliates to be professional while demonstrating integrity. “Football must be treated with respect at all levels while maintaining professionalism and integrity if the sport is to develop,” asserted Barry.
Notwithstanding his observations, Barry selflessly donated several pieces of gear including football boots and hoses to some of the players and encouraged them to continue to work hard towards their goals and aspirations.
Barry said that he was not impressed with the standard of the youngsters and failed to identify any player for international exposure in the United Kingdom in keeping with his mission.
He is the founder of Solidrock Academy, an institution that has grown tremendously, and is currently attracting players from all over the world.
“I would like to recruit Guyanese players for the scholarship but they must firstly demonstrate the requisite acumen,” said Barry. He is also contemplating contacting other Caribbean countries to offer coaching services and offering scholarship to young players.