September 27, 2016

Women’s football to be further developed in Guyana

By Akeem Greene

Often the cry has been that Guyana’s women’s National Football team, the Lady Jags, has a high composition of foreign based players.
With minimal platforms for local players to showcase talent, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is looking to address this problem by investing in the development; this is according to President of the GFF Wayne Forde in an interview with Guyana Times Sport.
“I have before me a proposal for a Women’s League and we have just received from FIFA, a fairly decent funding specifically for Women’s football”, Forde revealed.

Wayne Forde

Wayne Forde

A local programme, will auger well as it greater competition for places will could correlate better performances by the Lady Jags

A local programme, will auger well as it greater competition for places will could correlate better performances by the Lady Jags

He added, “We are currently talking to a specialized technical football individual out of the USA to help us streamline a domestic prorgamme in Guyana”.
If there is going to be a domestic competition for women, facilities will need to be put in place and the President is cognizant of this, highlighting that they are several practical issues that need addressing first.
“Women’s football brings its own challenges in terms of getting it started; many of the facilities that we have in terms of grounds do not have the basic things likes washrooms”, he said.
The President went on to illustrate the point that “to ask a young lady to go to a ground and spend four hours in the afternoon training and not privately use a washroom or dressing room is not something you do, so there are some practical challenges we have”.
Instead of creating new clubs, the President is advocating that there be an utilisation of existing clubs to form these women teams.
“The recommendation that I have made to the women’s group is that they should not be investing any effort into trying to establish women’s teams in separate areas apart from existing clubs”, Forde explained.
Based on history, only when International engagements arise does the Lady Jags convene for training and creating a local group could help bridge that gap between off season and match time. (akeemg@guyanatimesgy.com)

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