The curtain came down on the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) Strategy Planning Workshop yesterday afternoon at the Island Inn Hotel.
The workshop which was facilitated by FIFA as part of the Performance Management Programme of which Barbados was a signatory, began on May 25 and ran until May 29. It involved all members of the executive committee of the BFA in addition to the senior members of staff of the association.
During the intensive five-day planning meeting, the BFA under the guidance of FIFA consultants Geoff Wilson and Kevan Pipe as well as technical director – South East Caribbean, Anton Corneal, were able to develop key components of the BFA’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020. FIFA’s development officer –– South East Caribbean, Howard McIntosh, was also present and provided critical input into the plans as they took shape.
The plan which will be further developed and finalized and published by the end of the year, identifies critical areas of focus including technical development, marketing and communications, revenue generation, national teams and administration, also took into consideration the recently launched FIFA Forward programme which replaced both the Goal Projects & Performance Management Programme.
President of the BFA Randy Harris thanked the FIFA delegation, noting: “This workshop has taken place at a critical time in the history of the BFA and also in the journey of FIFA. With the recent launch of the FIFA Forward programme, we are now able to align our plans and budgets to coincide with this new dispensation under FIFA president Gianni Infantino.”
General secretary of the BFA, Edwyn Wood, also noted: “It was a challenging five days, but it was worth every hour we spent developing and shaping the future of the BFA. With the creativity of some of the ideas generated by the team, we are extremely excited about the future of the BFA and the development of football in Barbados.” (PR)