The seminar will be conducted by a high level team of female instructors from FIFA. These include Mayrilian Cruz Blanco, women’s football development manager of FIFA, Daryll Warner, development officer for the Caribbean, Carolina Morace, Amanda Vandervort and Chris Collie.
Captain Horace Burrell, president of the JFF, along with Morace, who is former national team player for Italy, FIFA women’s football ambassador and FIFA women’s football technical instructor, will be the keynote speakers during today’s opening ceremony.
Over 100 participants are expected to participate in the seminar, which will end with a ‘Football Festival’ at Sabina Park on Thursday.
Howard McIntosh, chairman of the technical and development committee of the JFF, said the main focus of the seminar is to get more girls and women exposed to, and playing football, across the length and breadth of the island.
He also said the seminar would also serve in getting more women involved in the technical aspect of the sport, which includes coaching, administration and refereeing.
“The benefit is to raise the profile of women’s football in Jamaica and continuing the overall development of the game of football in Jamaica, and this time the women,” said McIntosh.
“Raising awareness of the sport, it’s growth internationally and its real and potential impact on lives, building sponsorship support for the sport,” he added.
McIntosh noted some of the interesting areas that FIFA has identified for the seminar, including assisting the JFF with its women’s technical development and showing the relationship between technical and the promotion of an investment in the women’s game.
“We are encouraging as many people to come out and participate in this seminar because it is going to offer tremendous benefit to everyone who participates in it,” McIntosh reasoned.
(Jamaica Gleaner )