All-woman committee to generate support for Reggae Girlz
With the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup less than six months away, the Michael Ricketts-led Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is ramping up its preparations as the Reggae Girlz prepare to take on the globe’s best in football.
A Reggae Girlz all-woman committee, to be chaired by experienced sports and marketing specialist Carole Beckford, has been established to generate support for national team ahead of the World Cup.
In confirming the new committee yesterday, Ricketts said Minister of the Sports Olivia Grange will be its patron.
“Carole Beckford will chair the committee and we have engaged a number of females, as it’s a female-only committee, that will look after the welfare of our ladies from here on to the World Cup. The minister of sports is patron for this committee and, of course, that makes her an ex-officio member, so she will be free to attend all meetings. But I don’t want to say too much on the composition because we haven’t yet got confirmation from everybody and we haven’t yet had a meeting, but most persons are very excited about what the role of this committee will be,” the JFF boss told The Gleaner.
Ricketts said he expects the group to meet by next Thursday and anticipates that there will be about nine members on the committee.
“We deliberately made it into an all-woman committee, as sometimes the women meet the needs of the fairer sex better than men. Pat Garel has consented along with some ladies from corporate Jamaica. Most are very excited about being on the new committee but we need to get a formal confirmation (from the ladies),” he said.
According to Ricketts, the committee will look after the ladies in every aspect. They will seek sponsorship, attend to individual needs of players, be involved in organising camps, generating fan support and global interest in the Girlz, and attend to their general welfare leading into the World Cup.
Meanwhile, committee chair Beckford said its a big opportunity for the women to use their expertise to assist the Girlz. She pointed out that they have a limited time available and that it is very important to get the project off the ground as soon as possible.
“We have a short time and we are aware of that. We will seek to enhance what’s available and ensure we have resources for the women in the most efficient way. With 130 days left (before World Cup kicks off), it is very important that we are clear on what our tasks are,” she stated. “So ideally we want to assemble very quickly and get the message out. It is a glorious opportunity for women to convert their experience and skills for the benefit of the Girlz ... and to show how we appreciate this women’s football team.”