Under-15 footballers show promise

Barbados’ performance at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football(CONCACAF) Under-15 girls championship was nothing short of satisfactory says assistant coach Richard Forde.

The Bajan gems returned to Barbados late Monday with their heads held high after playing in group D against United States Virgin Islands and Anguilla whom they defeated 9-0 and 2-0 respectively in their first two games but lost 3-0 to Curacao during their third and all-important contest that would have taken them through to the next round with an unbeaten record at the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Assistant coach with the Barbados Under-15 team Richard Forde.
Assistant coach with the Barbados Under-15 team Richard Forde.

Forde gave credit to the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) elite training camp that played a crucial role in the preparation for this particular tournament. He said going forward they intended to take the positives and improve on them in order to build on the nucleus of the team that has five players remaining.

“Three games in four days were a lot for them but I am happy with the way they performed and I think that we can take a lot of positive things from this tour and as these girls go on to under- seventeen I think they can only get stronger. I must also give credit to the parents who were behind the programme one hundred percent. Every time we had practice they were there and interested in what was going on in terms of their children’s development. I think we look past those things too often but it plays a significant role in how the team performs and the development of football in this country,” Forde said.

There is a still lot of room for improvement if Barbados football is to rise and excel at this level. According to Forde, the standard of those from the Caribbean region compared to the international countries such as hosts United States, Canada and Mexico, spoke for itself at the championship. 

“Trinidad is one of the best team in the Caribbean region and they lost 22-0 to United States. So it just shows you the gap in between where we Barbados stand to Trinidad and Jamaica and where they stand to the rest of the countries.  So we need to have an overall programme where we can pull from and with the knowledge of our qualified coaches means that the standard would be better,” said Forde, one of the more qualified coaches on the island with C and D licence certification.

In order to raise the standard of female football on the island, Forde suggested that those coaches with D licence qualification take up the initiative to start a female programme in their respective parishes. He said this should be done even if for just one day a week so that when competition comes around the BFA would have a pool of players from which to choose.

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