Trinidad and Tobago Football Association General Secretary Justin Latapy and Senior Men’s Team manager Richard Piper were among Twenty officials from across the region in Barbados for the CONCACAF Team Managers Workshop this past weekend.
This was the second in a series of five seminars being hosted by CONCACAF with representatives attending from T&T from St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Monsterrat, Sint Maarten and the host nation.
The participants are being taken through several topics over the three days, inclusive of pre-event management, stadium inspection and marketing by CONCACAF instructors Les Meszaros of Canada and David Sabir of Bermuda . Speaking during the ceremony, CONCACAF Development Manager for the Caribbean Andre Waugh gave a preface to the upcoming course, which has come quickly on the heels of one in Jamaica.
Calling it CONCACAF’s newest development initiative, Waugh told the participants that there was much in store for them. “This is directly aimed at building capacity in the area of team administration. For us, it is important that the link is clear between the off-the-field activities and the performance on the field and we really want to bring that into perspective and ensure that after three days we leave here with a clear understanding as to the importance of proper team administration.” he said.
Going on to say that participants were charged with carrying the information of to share in their respective nations at the national and club level, Waugh said that the development of all involved in football was pinnacle to its advancement. “We want to continue along that line in investing in capacity for us. That is the important thing. The important thing is not to give a fish, but to teach people how to fish – to build capacity – because we believe that it is through that investment in the human capital that the beautiful game of football that we love will develop within this region.”
The first Concacaf workshop in Jamaica a week ago, targeting team managers and general secretaries was deemed a success by participants and instructors alike.
Staged at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, the three-day event had an exciting climax on Friday and many attendees gave the development activity the proverbial thumbs up.
“There is no school you can go to become a team manager as that is something that a lot of the times you learn as you go along, so we have seen the need and recognise that we can help develop a curriculum for team administrators, and one of the reasons for bringing the general secretaries along is because a lot of the time the gen-sec doesn’t know what the team manager is doing and vice versa, and we have to get them to understand the importance of communications between the two and that they must work hand in hand,” said instructor, Rene John-Williams, a football administrator in her native Trinidad and Tobago, a report on CONCACAF.com stated.