15th April, 2010
The St. Kitts Nevis Football Association has intensified its quest to improve its FIFA ranking with the recent appointment of Mr. Lenny Lake to the position of National Technical Director with the responsibility of overseeing the development of football in the Federation over the next four years. Starting in 2010, FIFA has for the first time mandated all Member Association to appoint a National Technical Director. Over the next four years Mr. Lenny Lake will be charged with drawing up the National Technical Policy and Action Plan for football development for the SKNFA. The National Technical Policy is expected to incorporate the four key pillars for football development as identified by FIFA. These include; Pillar 1 -Football for All, Pillar 2 – Training the Coaches, Pillar 3 – Elite Football and Pillar 4 – Research and Documentation.
Mr. Lake who holds a degree in Accounting brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to the job. Up until his recent appointment Mr. Lake had being employed with the SKNFA in the position of Youth Director for Football Development – a position he has held since 2002. During his tenure as Youth Director, Mr. Lake played a critical role in significantly increasing the number of young football players through various programs such as the U-13 Football Competition. Recently, Mr. Lake has been doing double duty – serving as Youth Director and Interim National Senior Coach, where he led the team through a host of international friendly matches against some of the top teams in the region, including the likes of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guadeloupe.
In addition to his wealth of experience, Mr. Lake holds a number of international coaching certification including; National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA) License, English FA International License, FIFA Coaches Instructor, among others.
With a new Technical Director now on the job, the SKNFA will now focus on developing and implementing a national football development policy to underpin the various national programs from the grass-root level through to the senior level for both male and female.
The appointment of Mr. Lake to the position of National Technical Director means that the SKNFA will now have to move speedily to fill the vacant National Head Coaching position in time to prepare the Men’s National Senior Team for the Digicel Caribbean Championship scheduled for October, 2010.