President of the Dominica Football Association (DFA), Glen Etienne, has placed the football fraternity here on notice for some new developments in the sport within the next months.
“As we continue to invest in the youths, the DFA will stage under 15 and under 17 competitions within the next few months,” he stated. “These competitions will assist us in preparing for regional competition at that level. We believe that these competitions are important since they will help us to identify footballers who can represent the island at the senior level in the next four years.”
The DFA, he said, has given its commitment and will continue to do all it can to introduce football to all those who are interested.
“We in the DFA place much emphasis on the academies because we believe that from the academies will be born national players, football administrators, referees and others who are involved in the sport,” he said. “The DFA will for the first time stage a CONCACAF License D Coaching course. This is important since it will ensure that our coaches are better equipped to perform their duties on the sidelines.”
He noted the course will give coaches an opportunity to sharpen their skills and to be more competent. “After the completion of this course which is slated for March 27th to 30th, 2014, the pool of Licensed D Coaches on the island will increase significantly,” he stated.
The DFA, he noted, recently staged a successful License E Coaching Course, which he said will be helpful for coaches on the island. “This means that we are providing opportunities for many of our coaches because we believe that good coaches will mean good football,” Ettiene said. “It is our intention to move to License Course C soonest and provide more opportunities to local coaches to gain international qualification and certification. International qualification and certification will mean endless opportunities…let me urge the coaches to take full advantage of this opportunity.”