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Coach all for LIME juice

Ezra Stuart

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One of Barbados’ most qualified football coaches has welcomed the new semi-professional LIME Pelican Football Challenge to the local landscape.
Hungary-trained Jerry Skeete, a former Barbados Under-20 coach and senior team assistant coach/trainer, believes the sport can only benefit from the lucrative out-of-season tournament, with a record $100 000 first prize.
“It is the best thing that has happened to out-of-season football in Barbados since the BESS Tournament,” Skeete told WEEKEND SPORT of the ten-team competition organised by former Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley, which kicks off at the University of the West Indies’ Paradise Park AstroTurf ground next month.
“It is a step forward for football, and anything that is a change for the better, I would want to be involved in to further improve the standard of football in the country,” added the man who guided reigning Premier League kings Meridian Youth Milan to their first Premiership title in 2006.
The holder of an Advanced National diploma from the prestigious National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA), said he would like to see the best coaches in the country working with the ten franchises.
“I am available and willing to pass on the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from my stints overseas, and working at the national level in 2006 with the likes of Keith Griffith and Eyre Sealy when we achieved our best world ranking, and also with Thomas Jordan helping Barbados reach the finals in two Caribbean Cups as well as the last World Cup qualifying campaign in 2008,” Skeete said.
A policeman for the past 19 years, Skeete was the first Barbadian to be selected for the three-month coaching stint in Hungary in 1997 after being a participant in the first FIFA Futuro course in sports medicine.
A past president of the Checker Hall, St Lucy-based Youth Milan club, Skeete was also coach of the team which won their second Knockout Cup title in 2009.
He was the head coach of the national Under-20 teams for their Youth World Cup qualifiers in 2003 and 2004.
“With my background not only in coaching but in training, sports medicine and club administration, and a trained policeman in conflict resolution, I believe I can bring a certain standard of discipline and professionalism to any of the franchises,” he declared.