The Barbados Football Association (BFA), Emmerson Boyce Foundation, and Team You signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier today, which would see not only the development of the women’s game but also football across the board.
This is all in an effort to propel the sport to an international standard where footballers alike can soar to higher heights.
During a short press conference at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Wildey, St Michael, BFA president Randy Harris, former senior men’s national captain Emmerson Boyce and FIFA instructor and former international referee Janie Frampton signed the MOU to seal their never-ending partnership.
“Emmerson and his team have a plan, which has worked already and which they assure can beef up women’s football in Barbados. The BFA is not only putting their mouth to this program, but we are also going to ensure it becomes a success because of our support and the support of those around,” Harris said.
Describing the signing as a great occasion, the president said the work done in football over the last six years had been progressive. However, he said there were still areas where the FA needed to improve on in the development of the young people and their attitudes towards professionalization.
Harris said he and Boyce had been in discussion for “many years” and he was happy to see those discussions bear fruit.
“He has always shown an interest in giving back to his ancestry and his country Barbados. Now that his playing days are over and he has qualified himself, this is an opportune time for him and his team to work with the BFA to ensure that we not only develop our game here, but we develop it in the right way.
“It has been a pleasure so far working with them, discussing things with them, and sharing with them and them sharing with us. Of course, they have the experience and knowledge and training to help us with our programs here, especially our female program which over the years has dropped off somewhat to the point where we weren’t able to have meaningful competition,” he said.
Boyce said the signing of the MOU had brought him great joy and he was thoroughly proud on a personal note, as he thanked Harris for affording him the opportunity to serve to give back to Barbados’ football.
“We have some great talent regarding the girls’ football. We’ve been privileged enough to go and train some of them in the last few days. Over the last couple of years, we’ve talked to Randy and I’ve spoken about how I want to help with the football, but it was also about education as well. I always wanted to do a program that was long-lasting and not short-lived. I always said I would, and so I went out and found the right people to produce this program, and the main aim of all of us is to make it durable and give something back to Barbados,” he declared.