Following weeks of collaboration with the Emmerson Boyce Foundation, local women’s football is set to get a big step up later this month.
And Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) president Randy Harris has touted the local FA as trendsetters in this regard.
That is because English-professional footballer and former captain of the BFA’s senior men’s team Emmerson Boyce will lead a five-member delegation here on October 16 to deliver a girls and women’s football program aimed at supporting a development pathway for players, coaches, and referees, starting on October 17.
“I believe the time is right to take women’s football in Barbados to a higher level, set a new football benchmark, and lead by example in the Caribbean. Barbados will lead the emerging countries in the development of girls and women’s participation,” Harris said.
The program, in collaboration with the Emmerson Boyce Foundation, has gotten the nod from the Barbados Government, International Soccer Federation, the University of West Indies, and the FA, and is set to be delivered in schools, sports clubs, and summer camps across the island.
"It is designed to help to ensure any stigma or stereotypes about girls or young women in football is removed, and as a method of increasing female participation in a predominantly male-dominated sport,” Boyce said.
Women’s football recently received a $1 million injection from football’s world governing body FIFA, which must be used exclusively for the development of the female side of the sport.