15 September 2004

Santa Rosa coaches attend FIFA Futsal Course

Rosa coaches David Benjamin (Under 10) and Ferdinand Bibby (Under 15) recently participated in FIFA’s second futsal course for Caribbean coaches and referees. Twenty coaches and twenty one referees from twelve (12) national associations – Anguilla, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitt’s/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – participated in the course, which was held from 6-11 September at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine.

Both coaches are also involved with disabled football players. Benjamin is the Education Officer of Caribbean Special Olympics, while Bibby is the head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Special Olympics national football team.

Futsal (five-a-side football) is strengthening its profile and presence in the Caribbean, with an increasing number of national associations including the sport in their long term development plans and annual programmes. The Caribbean Football Union also intends to introduce an annual regional championship after organizing a highly successful 2003 tournament.

Photo: Ferdinand Bibby (extreme right back row) and David Benjamin (second from right sitting)

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