Football along the East Coast corridor was given a major boost when the executive of the East Demerara Football Association (EDFA) conducted a one day Club Management Seminar to brief coaches on managerial structures and other pertinent administrative issues, with an aim of creating the requisite atmosphere for football development.
Coaches and other administrators representing 7 of the 9 clubs in that sub association convened at the Buxton Community Centre and engaged in fruitful discussions in several areas of the sport. President of the EDFA, Aubrey Hutson spoke to the participants and told Kaieteur Sport shortly afterwards that the aim of the exercise is to encourage a more qualitative input from administrators of the many clubs in the jurisdiction. He said that the event dealt with issues comprehensively in a format that was very interactive and the participants were very receptive.
Mr. Hutson further explained that discussions also focused on the roles of the respective football affiliates as his executives attempted to clearly define the functions of the various stakeholders. Registration commenced at 9:30hrs and the forum was chaired by Organizing Secretary (EDFA), Joseph Wilson. Prayers were offered up by Sparta FC representative, Rawl Jerrick who subsequently outlined the basis of the forum and expectations of the organizers.
Mr. Hutson pointed out the present situation to the participants and urged them to aspire for enhanced performances on the field even as he implored strategies towards the improved management at the club level. Consequently, Assistant Secretary Treasurer and Secretary (EDFA), Ms Dellon Adams and Mr. Gidel Austin respectively, spoke of the role of the executive while Ansa McAl representative, Joel Lee, broadened the participants’ perspective on Marketing issues.
Shortly after Mr. Hutson’s presentation, Kaieteur News journalist, Michael Benjamin delivered a presentation on the role of the media. He spoke of the difficulties experienced by media practitioners in their quest to obtain pertinent information and assured the football administrators that the media shared common objectives with football administrators. He further suggested that both groups should aspire to form alliances towards the development of the sport.
Both groups examined techniques on the acquisition of pertinent information and eventually committed to promises of more fruitful interaction with the development of the sport in mind. During the afternoon sessions, Mr. Wilson dealt with the technical structure of the game after which the participants received certificates. Activities were held under the theme, “Knowledge Sharing for Development and were sponsored by Ansa McAl.
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