Vice President of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), Captain Al Walcott is imploring coaches to tap into their leadership capabilities and be leaders of the island’s future generations.
He dished out the challenge during his opening remarks at the launch of a two-day workshop for this year’s Scotiabank Concacaf NextPlay Cup at the Barbados Olympic Association yesterday.
“One of the BFA’s goals is to push the coaching education across the island and these opportunities are significant because we use them for the development of coaches especially among the youth. Leadership is critical for us because we will expect, as coaches, that you will take the mantle and start to work strongly especially in the schools, and not wait on the BFA to do all the work,” he said.
Walcott, a coach himself, told the 27 participants to grasp the information, develop the plans and take them to the BFA for support.
“I am expecting you to take leadership, take the mantle, grasp the information that you will get from the presenters, go away from here and develop the program within the schools and seek the assistance of the BFA to help get them going as you move on.
“This course should not just be a certificate where you put it on the wall and say you have done a coaching course with the BFA and Concacaf. Instead, grab the information and let us get the coaching out to the youth and develop the beautiful game of football. Our mission and vision for the BFA is “better football for a better life”. It starts from the GrassRoots and we expect that you would help us to do so and help us obtain that vision,” he said.
Similarly, Concacaf’s Caribbean Development Manager, Andre Waugh, in supporting Walcott’s gem of knowledge, told the coaches and Physical Education teachers “better people make better players and this is what this is about”.
“Significantly, this program will never work without you; you are a major part of the plan. And this is one of the reasons why we thought this training would be necessary. For me, everything rises and falls on leadership.
“We always go back to the statistic that less than one per cent of people who play the game become professional players, but that is now trending closer to zero. So what’s the real purpose of the game? The real purpose of the game is to change lives. It has to serve a greater purpose than just winning and losing, but instead working together as a team to achieve something,” he implored.