Women’s game in spotlight
As the Barbados Football Association (BFA) continues with its mandate to raise the standard, scope and reach of the sport at home and abroad, the local governing body is falling in line with the rest of the world as women’s football is being put in the spotlight.
A special effort is being made to push the game.
The BFA will be opening the door of opportunity to many of the nation’s young women as it hosts a player recruitment drive next month.
On May 13, the association will be hosting a football festival for girls born on or before December 31, 2003. The festival serves as a national tryout event that will see the best players being drafted into the Under-13 and Under-15 programmes.
It is set to run from 9:30 a.m. at the Wildey AstroTurf and all interested girls are invited to come out and go after a chance at representing Barbados in the “beautiful game”.
Head coach of the women’s youth programmes is Richard Forde, who has years of playing and coaching experience, including being a coach with the national senior women’s outfit.
With international accreditations and a coaching career that has taken him as far as Germany, Forde said he knew there was a lot of talent and potential in Barbados and that he was looking for good things from the young women at the festival.
Forde, who owns the football academy RF Prime, is also a football coach with the National Sports Council. He said that it was his passion to groom young players and he looked forward to helping mould the future of female football in Barbados. (BFA)