The Barbados Football Association dedicated 2016 to women's activities, which sought to engage and attract females to football in all levels including playing, administration, refereeing and coaching.
The year’s events started with a FIFA Women’s Coaching Course in April, which saw a record of 30 female participants who were exposed to both theoretical and practical sessions, covering areas particular to youth coaching including planning of coaching sessions, and other women's development programs of FIFA.
Live Your Goals, a coveted program awarded by FIFA was the perfect opportunity for the new coaches to put into practise what they had learned. Approximately 150 young ladies were treated to much fanfare when the at the Live Your Goals Campaign launch on Saturday May 21st, 2016 at the Wildey Turf. The launch was preceded by a motorcade through Bridgetown and neighbouring districts including Brittons Hill, Pinelands, Wildey, Briar Hall & Sargeants Village.
The LYG Campaign continued at several locations throughout the year across the length and breadth of the island, St. Philip, Speightstown, and St. George and culminated in Wildey, with as much fanfare as when it began.
The activities for women continued in June with a FIFA Women’s Football Administration Course. Again 30 females participated in the course which involved all aspects of club administration including, budgeting, project management, women in leadership, marketing and promotion, communication and general administration and strategic planning.
July saw the first ever BFA Elite camp for U15 girls and U17 boys with the aim of creating well-rounded athletes. Despite being a football camp, it also encompassed life lessons including etiquette, personal hygiene, speaking to the media, as well as health and nutrition. During the camp the girls team left in August for Orlando to participate in the CONCACAF U15 girl’s competition and despite not advancing their efforts must be applauded after placing second in their zone, losing only to Curacao the eventual zone winners.
September saw the culmination of the LYG Campaign as well as the start of the 2016 Women’s League with Pinelands being the new addition. The results of the entire year’s activities were definitely noticed in the improvement of the games during the season. They were much more competitive and the standard of the game certainly improved.
To our female Administrators, Referees and Players, we want to say "Thank You" for the work you have and are putting in improve female football in Barbados.