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Premier League body appoints Acting GM

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 11:06 AM
Rickardo Messam (left) from Vere United was decieved into  going the wrong way by Shaquille Dyer (right) from Dunbeholden United their National Premier League match which was played at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Vere, Clarendon on Sunday, February
Rickardo Messam (left) from Vere United was decieved into going the wrong way by Shaquille Dyer (right) from Dunbeholden United their National Premier League match which was played at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Vere, Clarendon on Sunday, February 16, 2020. The match ended 1-1.

On the heels of the appointment of three independent directors and the selection of independent Chairman, Mr. Christopher Williams, the Professional Football Jamaica Limited (PFJL) continues to strengthen its administrative structure in preparation for improved commercial success of the Jamaica Premier League.

The PFJL has moved to establish its secretariat with the appointment of an Acting General Manager.

Ms. Arlene L. Martin, certified business and leadership coach, and strategy consultant, will take on the role starting December 1, 2020.

Arising from his first board meeting as chairman last evening, Christopher Williams commented, “This is the first in a series of moves by the organisation to build out our staff complement over the coming weeks.”

The PFJL continues to press forward to begin the 2020-2021 season. In preparation for the League start, the Clubs have advanced all registration requirements with the JFF Registration guidelines, as well as the Club Licensing regime for CONCACAF League qualification.

“The Clubs are seized with the importance of this exercise and while not yet fully complete, they are putting in all efforts for the timely completion and readiness for the league start,” commented Williams.

Meanwhile the PFJL continues to advance its commercial agreements and partnerships as well as its work with the JFF to secure the approval from the Ministry of Health & Wellness (MoHW) for the Protocols governing the League.

In October, the PFJL, through the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), had submitted comprehensive protocols based on the CONCACAF protocols and models from Leagues and Federations globally. These protocols spanned play of the matches, Club protocols, and player lifestyle protocols.

The PFJL and the JFF will meet this week before going back to the MoHW in seeking approval for a league to be played for the 2020-2021 season.

Since the end of the League season in March 2020, the only professional match played was the November 5 CONCACAF match featuring Premier League Club, Waterhouse FC.

From the perspective of the observance of protocols, this was deemed a successful event and so both the JFF and PFJL are optimistic.

In representing the voice of all, the members at the Board meeting concluded that, “Lives and livelihood that depend on the Jamaica Premier League are now desperate for the resumption of the league to regain their employment to care for and support their families. As the nation’s only professional sport league, the Jamaica Premier league is the largest economic engine in sports, providing employment for more than 600 Jamaicans and generating more than $500m in economic activity.”