T&T Women coaches take part in CONCACAF Coaching Course

Two Trinidad and Tobago women’s football coaches, Dernelle Mascall and Desiree Sarjeant participated in a CONCACAF D License course in Antigua/Barbuda from May6th to 9th.

The training which focused on providing Member Associations with a D License, is part of the efforts of the Confederation to increase access for women to the game. Concacaf W’s objectives also include changing perception and growing participation in the women’s game by collaborating with Member Associations, players and coaches across the region.

Sarjeant spoke about the benefits for her coming out of the three-day course.

“The course was very beneficial to me in many ways but mainly because I was able to gain a lot of knowledge on new methods of coaching and practice planning,” Sarjeant told TTFA Media.

“It provided an opportunity for both regional and local female coaches to be mentored by a group of expert female mentors/coaches and so the knowledge gained can now only serve us in good stead as we take a new approach to coaching. We can now better prepare ourselves and our players to compete against the best players and teams in the world,” she added.

Both Sarjeant and Mascall are former national players and have coached at the national team level in the past. Mascall was recently the assistant for the Senior Women’s team at the previous Concacaf World Cup qualifiers.

The 25 participating coaches from 12 of 41 Member Associations included one former player and one current female coach.  Participants included representatives of English-speaking Member Associations from The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and hosts Antigua and Barbuda.

The coaching program coversed a wide range of topics in addition to the Concacaf D License curriculum, focused on safeguarding, empowerment, accountability, as well as specific characteristics for women coaching.

This revamped course featured five Concacaf coaching instructors who are active and experienced within the Member Associations, all holding advanced coaching licenses such as the USSF National A License and the UEFA Pro License.

These five Concacaf coaches include University of New Mexico Head Coach Heather Dyche, Former Canadian International Coach Carmelina Moscato, University of Washington Head Coach Lesle Gallimore, Former Canadian International Coach Candace Chapman, and Former Mexican International and University of Manitoba Head Coach Vanessa Martinez-Lagunas.

The plan by Concacaf is to create a comprehensive mentorship program with the collaboration of UEFA and grow the women’s game within the Concacaf region by forming a “pyramid-effect” of mentors and mentees between the five Concacaf coaching instructors and the 25 participants to help grow participation, while also inspiring the future generations of female coaches.

T&T has CONCACAF Olympic and Under 17 Women’s qualifying competitions coming up in the next few weeks.

Photo at top shows Desiree Sarjeant (left) and Dernelle Mascall (right) with coaching instructor Candace Chapman in Antigua.