A total of 60 groundsmen from around the region are now certified in pitch maintenance through football’s governing body, FIFA.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY after the closing ceremony yesterday at Radisson Hotel, Barbados Football Association president Randy Harris said his association was happy to host the two-day seminar.
“Being on a number of international committees you usually get to see the people who make the decisions a little bit more often and obviously if certain matters are discussed once Barbados has the kind of facilities that are needed, I usually try to get some action in Barbados because it is funded by FIFA, it does not cost the country anything and I am happy to host these kinds of seminars and conferences,” Harris said, noting that Barbados football had everything except a proper football arena.
FIFA’s football facilities and income generation manager, Daniel Krebs, said they focused on many areas over the past two days pertaining to the artificial turfs. On day one he explained they focused on natural grass pitches and the second day on maintenance of artificial turfs.
Krebs stressed on the fact that turfs needed maintenance and even though they were an artificial product that didn’t mean such surfaces could just stay there without maintaining them.
“We touched on the general awareness of maintenance and the need to use the pitches for as long as possible, the various construction issues that federation needs to be aware of and the main challenge you can come across whether it is artificial or main grass. Then we looked at the actual maintenance techniques needed to keep the quality of the pitch in good standard,” Krebs said.
He praised Barbados’ groundsmen for maintaining their five-year-old turf in such good condition and looked forward for the next seminar to be held in Barbados come 2018.
The first seminar was held in Bermuda three years ago and according to Krebs they intend to stay in touch and have created a platform so groundsmen around the region can keep inform with the materials put online by FIFA with the objective that it wouldn’t be a three-year relationship but a continuous one between the groundsmen and FIFA consultants.