Caribbean officials impressed with Home of Football facilities

Several officials from member associations within the Caribbean Football Union converged on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Home of Football facilities on Saturday and following a tour led by TTFA President David John-Williams were all left highly impressed with what they saw with their own eyes.

What is now on display at Bal­main Cou­va is be­ing seen as a form of eco­nom­ic sur­vival for foot­ball in T&T and the larg­er Caribbean coun­tries.

Dur­ing a vis­it of the fa­cil­i­ty on Sat­ur­day by the gen­er­al sec­re­taries of coun­tries in the Caribbean Foot­ball Union (CFU), the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ja­maican Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion- Dal­ton Wint, An­tigua/Bar­bu­da Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion- Ro­han Hec­tor and Ed­wyn Wood of the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, said not on­ly are they im­pressed with the fa­cil­i­ty, but it will help them save more mon­ey on trav­el and for camps.

Hec­tor said, “Quite of­ten we find our­selves hav­ing to trav­el to the Unit­ed States and oth­er places to play tour­na­ments, which be­comes oner­ous on our eco­nom­ic po­si­tion, so we think we can play these tour­na­ments in T&T and in the fu­ture An­tigua & Bar­bu­da and oth­er places around the Caribbean.”

TTFA General Secretary Camara David addresses the CFU officials at the TTFA hotel on Saturday.

He not­ed fur­ther, “This is a very im­por­tant step for foot­ball de­vel­op­ment in the Caribbean. We are go­ing to learn from this. We are go­ing to get some in­for­ma­tion to see what we can do, be­cause we are build­ing our fa­cil­i­ty, and one of the next steps is to build our dor­mi­to­ries and gyms and sev­er­al oth­er things. And from the tech­nol­o­gy be­ing used here, there are
things that we can ap­ply in An­tigua & Bar­bu­da.”

Wood told the me­dia that T&T’s Home Of Foot­ball (HOF) is a mod­el for oth­er foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions through­out the Caribbean.

He be­lieves it will be a spe­cial help eco­nom­i­cal­ly, for the David John-Williams-led foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion- “We’re al­ways spend­ing huge sums on ac­com­mo­da­tion for na­tion­al teams, for camps, so this is an ex­am­ple where, not on­ly can we save mon­ey, but the lo­ca­tion is ide­al for in­come gen­er­a­tion, as we have swim­ming next door, the cy­cling Velo­drome. So it’s a fa­cil­i­ty that can be used as an in­come-gen­er­at­ing fa­cil­i­ty to help sus­tain the as­so­ci­a­tion, for a long time.”

Wint, on the oth­er hand, said the fa­cil­i­ty should be repli­cat­ed through the Caribbean. “It’s a fa­cil­i­ty that takes care of all the needs, as it re­lates to foot­ball. One of the biggest ex­pense we have in foot­ball is to have peo­ple housed at a fa­cil­i­ty, and most of us have to pay huge sums at ho­tels. It is a mon­ey-sav­ing ven­ture, it’s an in­come-gen­er­at­ing ven­ture, and so we are re­al­ly pleased with what has been ex­posed to us to­day.”

The HOF fa­cil­i­ty is equipped with train­ing fields, mi­ni ho­tel, en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre, in­door and out­door pitch­es for fut­sal, beach soc­cer etc.

The vis­it, part of a FI­FA/CIES/UWI football executive pro­gramme for officials from Bar­ba­dos, T&T, Grena­da, Ja­maica,
Aru­ba, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia and other nations benefiting from a series of courses offered by the CIES. FIFA Development officer Marlon Glean  was been part of the touring party over the past week.

The CFU officials along with delegates from CIES at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Saturday.