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FFB, National Sports Council sign 30-year collaborative agreement to improve football

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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021. 7:08 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the National Sports Council (NSC) have entered an 30-year agreement (memorandum of understanding) to work collaboratively.

In a joint statement, signed by FFB president Sergio Chuc, NSC director Ian Cal, and NSC chairman Linsford Castillo, the FFB and the NSC said their intent is to “foster the development of the sport of football.”

The agreement is to last until 2050 unless any or both parties decide to modify or terminate it before then.

The agreement answers the call of many Belizeans for the Government and the FFB to work together to improve the level of international performance at all levels.

So far, both organizations have had some level of collaboration but it has been minimal with both working for the same sport on parallel programs independently but not getting maximum results.

According to the agreement,  the FFB will provide its technical staff to provide training programs in coaching, refereeing,  and coordination for NSC coordinators, volunteers, coaches, and referees.

They will develop a group of skilled and trained personnel to develop the sport.

They will plan together and they will identify sporting facilities for the FFB to assist in the development of the sport through community and grassroots programs.

Since the NSC organizes and runs primary school competitions nationwide, including football,  they will also identify schools and personnel to be trained by the FFB.

Both organizations will also work together to identify the country’s sporting facilities that need improvement.

The NSC will give priority to Youth and Women’s competitions and waive the cost for the use of the facilities.

The NSC will donate trophies, medals and individual awards for regional and national competitions at the different levels including the U-15 Boys’ and Girls’, the U-17 Men’s and Women’s, U-20 Women’s, and the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL).

According to the agreement, the NSC will house six regional FFB offices in Belize City, Corozal, Dangriga, Orange Walk, Punta Gorda, and San Ignacio/Santa Elena. This part of the agreement was already in place.

Under the agreement the NSC will present reports to the FFB on all training programs they agree to conduct together.

In return for the improvement of the facilities, the NSC will lease these to the FFB for a minimum of 20 years during which time the FFB will have use of the facilities.

The FFB and the NSC said the partnership is expected to create “efficiencies and reduce operational costs” through shared resources. The partnership can secure funding from different agencies for the improvement of the sport.

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