Thursday 12 December, 2019

Utech to host National Football Coaching Symposium

The University of Technology (UTech) in collaboration with partners Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation will host a National Football Coaching Symposium from July 19 to 20 at the Shared Facilities Building at UTech.

The symposium under the theme Shifting Focus, Changing the Gamestarts at 9:00 am each day.

The two-day football coaching symposium is set to be a ground-breaking event with speakers and participants deliberating on the changes in football and the way forward for Jamaica. 

Speakers include Etienne Siliee, Concacaf Development Manager, who will lead the discussion on Trends of the Modern Game and how the identity of the Jamaican Sporting DNA can be a game-changer. 

Other speakers will include Theodore Whitmore, Coach of the senior men’s national team; Wendell Downswell, Technical Director, JFF; Hugh Menzies, Head Coach of the senior women’s team and Laurence Garriques, Sport Researcher and Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Sport, UTech.

The partnership between UTech, JFF and the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation is a long-standing 10-year partnership which has resulted in the certification of over 800 football coaches at either Level 1 and 2. 

The dynamic partnership recently saw the entities collaborating with Concacaf to host island-wide workshops for coaches on Safeguarding Children in Sports.  The interactive workshops served to educate coaches on appropriate ethical practices to safeguard children in their care as well as themselves.

The National Football Coaching Symposium presents an opportunity for players, coaches, referees, and other football enthusiasts to discuss the changes in the game, tactically assess the sport, whilst strategizing for the future of football coaching in Jamaica. 

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