Basseterre, St. Kitts – Local female footballers will be thrown into the spotlight when they celebrate the first ever CONCACAF Women’s Football Day, on Saturday, 23rd May.
According to the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association, several activities are planned to mark the day including, a school competition.
Speaking with Miyvue.com, Makeda Woods of the SKNFA explained that the federation will use the event to bring more young women into football, as they will host an Under-16 Girls 5 A-side competition, along with a High Schools 7 A-side competition at Warner Park.
“It is going to bring awareness to women’s football in St. Kitts and Nevis, particularly for young girls. Because we are going to have girls from throughout the island, including Nevis…between the ages of 6-14, and 14-senior, who will be on show in the afternoon. So the main focus is to bring awareness to women’s football in the federation,” She said.
Woods said that the main focus for the day is to “have more young girls playing football”, and on the 23rd the awareness will be spread, since not many individuals in St. Kitts and Nevis is aware of a female team.
“One of the main things we will be having is a march pass, and we are expecting over 100 girls to be marching through the streets of Basseterre and that in itself will bring awareness,” she indicated.
More attention will be placed on the schools so that the sport can develop from the grass roots level. Woods indicated that they will be focused on getting into the schools before and after the event.
“Leading up to Saturday, we will be going into the schools giving out flyers, and persons will get information. And they can even go home and give it to their parents so they too would know…following the Saturday (23rd May) every Saturday after, we will be having grass roots programmes for girls,” she explained.
In order to develop the sport for females at the grassroots level, the SKNFA member disclosed that a primary school league will be coming on stream in early September.
Some 41 CONCACAF member countries will be participating in the first annual event under the body responsible for football in the region.
The SKNFA will participate in the celebrations with the following activities:
– March past from Lozack Road around Basseterre – 9:00 a.m.
– Remarks by President/General Secretary
– Grassroots Festival
– U-16 Girls 5 A-side competition
– Elvis Star Browne Women’s Soccerama