International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) representatives Véron Mosengo-Omba and Marlon Glean, are visiting Guyana to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The MoU, which is geared towards fostering football development in the region, will be signed at the 31st meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) scheduled for Guyana and is aimed at fostering football development in the Region.
“This initiative is a direct result from the inaugural visit to Guyana by FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino in 2017 who, along with President Wayne Forde, discussed a Regional School football programme with CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary General gave a commitment to pursue this initiative, which was further advanced by Honorable Minister of Education Nicolette Henry who has successfully coordinated its inclusion on the meeting’s agenda,” a release from the GFF stated.
A critical aspect of the MoU is placed on youth football development by providing support to CARICOM member states to strengthen their primary school programme and areas that are currently non-existent.
This will comprise the provision of necessary equipment to facilitate these competitions and training.
FIFA is also keen to build capacity among the technical staff of the Region, including coaches, match officials and administrators and seeks to assist with the development and training of all Physical Education teachers within the CARICOM region in football coaching and football management.
“To foster the development of the sport, FIFA will engage CARICOM in assisting with hassle-free movement of all FIFA officials and FIFA Member Associations’ (MA) representatives, national teams and other MA officials as well as the reduction of travel and other related costs across the Region. COHSOD promotes human and social development among Member Countries of CARICOM and was established under Article 17 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas” the release concluded.