Monday 22 July, 2019

Concacaf to take part in Jamaica’s Safeguarding Our Children In Sport

Concacaf Director of Development Jason Roberts.

Concacaf Director of Development Jason Roberts.

In conjunction with Jamaica’s University of Technology, the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) and the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, Concacaf has announce that it is taking part in a series of professional development workshops for JFF certified coaches called “Safeguarding Our Children In Sport.”

The workshops will serve to educate coaches on appropriate ethical practices to safeguard children in their care, as well as safeguarding themselves in professional practice.

The mistreatment and abuse of children is a topic that Concacaf takes very seriously, and Concacaf Director of Development Jason Roberts is confident that the workshops will help better educate coaches to safeguard the well-being of children.

“By partnering with the Jamaican Government, JFF, JMMB, and the University of Technology around the vitally important issue of Child Safeguarding and Welfare is an important opportunity to ensure that we are using football as a vehicle to improve the communities and countries in our region,” said Roberts in an official statement.

“Creating safe spaces for young people is a core focus for us all while providing access to the beautiful game and ensuring that we can continue to educate as many coaches as possible. By contributing to these workshops Concacaf is ensuring that our Safeguarding Curriculum can be of further impact to Jamaica and the region at large,” added Roberts.

The workshops are also a continuation of the JFF’s coaching education program launched a decade ago for its hundreds of certified coaches.

“This is an important component of the program and the JFF is very pleased with the initiative of UTech, Concacaf and the support of all the stakeholders,” said JFF President Michael Ricketts. “We will be encouraging the near 800 coaches we have certified to participate.”

The workshops began on Saturday, June 1 in Spanish Town, Jamaica and will finalize on June 14.

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