Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Football Goal Project renamed in honour of Captain Horace Burrell

UWI Principal Professor Archibald McDonald (first right) and JFF Vice-President Garfield Sinclair (2nd right)  stand beside the JFF/UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence display sign, honouring the late JFF president. Also included in the photo are (from left) Captain Burrell's son Romario Burrell, daughter Dr Tiphani Burrell-Piggott, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange and Zuri Piggott, granddaughter of Captain Burrell.

UWI Principal Professor Archibald McDonald (first right) and JFF Vice-President Garfield Sinclair (2nd right) stand beside the JFF/UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence display sign, honouring the late JFF president. Also included in the photo are (from left) Captain Burrell's son Romario Burrell, daughter Dr Tiphani Burrell-Piggott, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange and Zuri Piggott, granddaughter of Captain Burrell.

The Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) technical centre located at the University of the West Indies (UWI) has been renamed as the JFF/UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, in honour of the late president of the local federation.

Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of UWI, made the announcement on Monday at a press conference in the Council Room at UWI.

The renaming of the facility was also twinned with the official announcement that the academic institution, will establish a Faculty of Sports in the near future.

The Centre of Excellence is the transformation of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Gold Project, which was established at UWI in 2008.

It was the brainchild of Captain Burrell.

According to Professor McDonald, the Centre of Excellence will have a wide range of courses, to facilitate coaches and athletes, who want to study there.

He said that the Centre of Excellence will offer coaches and athletes the opportunity to study to the level of academic achievement they desire and UWI will facilitate their schedule.

Captain Burrell led the JFF from 1994, excepting for a four-year period, and was at the helm of the organisation when Jamaica made its historic qualification as the first English-speaking Caribbean country to make it to the FIFA World Cup Finals, in 1998.

After ailing for the past year, Captain Burrell  passed away on June 6 at the John Hopkins Oncology Centre in Baltimore, USA, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

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