By Rubén Morales Iglesias: FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura will not be present for the launching of the ‘FIFA Football for Schools’ program by the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) on Monday.
“A little while ago we received news that the SG will no longer be able to make her scheduled trip. Our opening ceremony continues as planned at Biltmore at 10 am,” said a short note from the FFB’s Marketing and Communications Director on Saturday night.
The FFB didn’t give any reason for the cancellation of Samoura’s visit. She had been expected to arrive in Belize on Sunday and leave on Tuesday.
Despite the cancellation of Samoura’s visit, the FFB is proceeding with the launch of the ‘FIFA Football For Schools’ (F4S) program, with a three-day capacity-building workshop for 45 teachers and coaches.
The 45 are divided into ten FFB coaches and 35 teachers from schools throughout the country. The FFB said the workshop is recognized by the Ministry of Education, so the teachers who attend may apply the workshop hours towards the professional development component required by the Ministry of Education.
The workshop runs from August 15-17. The first two days of the course will be held at the Biltmore and the MCC Grounds in Belize City. On the third day, the F4S program will hold a football festival at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan, in which 150 children from throughout the country will be involved.
The course will be conducted by FIFA Football for Schools Project Leader Alexandre Gros and Football for Schools Technical Consultant Alberto Giacomini.
The Football For Schools program, which includes teacher training, also falls under the four-year Memorandum of Understanding the FFB signed with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and E-Governance and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology to lay the foundation for improving the level of football in Belize.
Under that agreement, FFB seeks to teach football to 25,000 children in Belize’s schools within the next four years through the Football for Schools program.