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Embrace new trends in women's coaching - Webb - CONCACAF earmarks US$100,000 yearly for development

Published:Tuesday | July 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb says it is highly important for the region to continue to learn new trends towards the development of women's football.

"This (women's coaches course) is so important for us in the region to continue to learn of new trends, as the game is changing, especially scientifically," Webb, who is also a FIFA vice-president, said during the opening ceremony of the FIFA/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women's football coaching course at the JFF Centre, UWI, yesterday.

"We in the region need to step up. We must engage and fully take the knowledge provided by FIFA instructor Dawn Scott," he added.

"It's so important as coaches to capture the imagination of players, as we don't know how it will impact on their lives. If we don't, we will fail. So many people are trusting you with their kids. Let Jamaica be the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for a women's World Cup," Webb concluded.

Webb also told The Gleaner that each of the 41 countries in CONCACAF are granted US$100,000 per year towards their women's football programme.

Meanwhile, Captain Horace Burrell, JFF president, urged the coaches to play their role in the development of local women's football.

"Women's football has taken on new proportions, more significance. In Jamaica, we must play a lead role, so thanks to the Joan Duncan Foundation for their support of women's football here," Burrell pointed out.

He wished the coaches all the best during the week-long course that started yesterday.

Great honour

"At the end, all our graduates must leave with great honour," said the JFF president, who was confirmed for another four-year term on Sunday at their Congress in Montego Bay, St James.

Dawn Scott, the FIFA instructor who will be in charge of the coaching course that ends on Friday, says her job is to pass on knowledge to the coaches.

"I want to pass on my knowledge, as I'm excited to be here. My background is being with the England women's team for nine years, and currently working with the USA team for the past five years. I am looking for an exciting, fun week. I'm so excited to go out there," Scott said.

National women's coach Xavier Gilbert said he is always willing to learn new ways in coaching.

"It is always very good as education is important for the development of women's football in Jamaica," Gilbert noted.

The course includes the demands of football, fitness for football, analysis of fitness testing, developing aerobic fitness, developing an annual programme, strength development, importance of nutrition, developing power and agility, and consideration for female players.