The course is being facilitated by FIFA instructor, Mr. Peter Pendergrass, who has been asked by members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association to alter the FIFA advance course to accommodate the beginner referees.
Secretary General of the SKNFA, Stanley Jacobs, stated during the opening ceremony of the course, that the referees are an integral part of the game, and we want you (the referees) to understand that we at the SKNFA will do everything that we can, and everything that is possible, to help you to develop and grow.
He added that a goal and ambition of the association is to have as much trained referees as possible, making it on to the FIFA list.
SKNFA President Anthony Johnson, in his comments said h was very encouraged this morning when he looked at the turn out, not necessarily by the numbers, but because it comprises of a mixture of youth, and also a number of females, and that to him, he said is significant, because it is often said the future of the sport is feminine, and if the future of the sport is feminine, the future of the referees pool should be feminine as well.”
Course Facilitator Peter Pendergrass, asked the attendees to relax and open their minds for what they are about to hear for the next couple of days.
He said, “Things are changing every day in the world; people die and children born and nothing last forever, so we have to make the best use of what we have, when we have it.”
“You are a special number of persons here in this room today, and you have to consider that as a special opportunity, as a new beginning. This is time now for you to get yourself together and make a change to come off the fence and get in the middle to make the change.”
He added, “Whether you get paid for refereeing at home or not, in the developmental stage it is really insignificant.”
Chairman of the referees committee, Don Grant, said that he is happy to see the referees that came out and encouraged them to take the knowledge being passed on to them.