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Women's football programme lacking resources - Walker-Brown

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
Members of the Waterhouse women's team celebrate after winning the Jamaica Football Federation/Lascelles Employees and Partners Co-operative Credit Union league mid-season final at Winchester Park on August 19. Sharing in the moment are JFF women's coordinator Elaine Walker-Brown (second left) and Lascelles Employees and Partners Co-operative Credit Union's marketing executive Lassanya Thompson (right).

Chairperson of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) women's programme, Elaine Walker-Brown, says there is need for more resources for its improvement.

"We need to structure the schoolgirls' league properly for it to run concurrently with the boys' league, so we will have different age groups competing. With the resources that we have, it is the best we are doing at this time," Walker-Brown told The Gleaner recently.

"The women's football needs improvement and we should have an Under-20 league just like we have the schoolgirls' league. We can pull from the schoolgirls and have an under-20 league to aid in the development of female football. We should also have grass-roots, Under-17, Under-20 and senior competitions," she shared.

Walker-Brown also pointed to the indiscipline of players on and off the pitch.

"Based on what is happening now, the level of indiscipline on and off the field is affecting the programme - the behaviour of the young ladies at games, the unladylike behaviour of the players on and off the field. And, that is what we are trying to correct," she added.


There is hope


However, Walker-Brown, who has always been a strong advocate of the women's league for over two decades, believes that there is hope.

"We want to see the day when we have an Under-20 league, just like we have a schoolgirls' league. A lot of Jamaicans, especially males, don't want us to play football. They see it as a male sport. We need to catch up with the rest of the world," Walker-Brown added.