It was with this goal in mind that the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association held a cocktail reception on Monday night, (7th November, 2011), at the Royal Beach Casino, in Frigate Bay, to pitch their development and marketing plan to leaders in the local business sector.
Officials of the SKNFA outlined the huge financial costs associated with the hosting of this week’s World Cup Qualifier match between St. Kitts & Nevis and Canada, scheduled for the Warner Park Stadium, on Friday 11th November, at 8:00pm.
SKNFA President Mr Anthony Johnson said to members of the corporate community present that, “Two wins (victories) against Canada mean we will advance in (our) World Cup Qualifying (efforts) and this we believe is a mission we can accomplish with your assistance.”
Stanley Jacobs, General Secretary explained to members present that football being the most popular sport in the Federation and throughout the world, is a medium for economic empowerment and it plays an important part in shaping our society as football is loved by thousands of people in the federation and touches every community.
The SKNFA also used the opportunity at the event to outline to the business representatives, their goals, which include securing a ranking below 100 which will contribute to players securing work permits on the European market; also to create awareness of our country which will help tourism; and to get young players exposed to top scouts from the MLS, USL and from top Universities.
The SKNFA also stated that hosting the CFU finals of the Under 23 will cost the association over $250,000 but they stated that this undertaking is significant enough for them to take up the challenge.
The Football Association has urged businesses and residents to lend their support by purchasing replica Jerseys, raffle tickets and to attend the games and to encourage the members of the cooperate community to buy tickets in bulk to share with staff members.
The SKNFA is planning a similar event in Toronto Canada on Sunday 13th November 2011.
tball as the association is in dire need of financial help.