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SKNFA opens historic CONCACAF program in St. Kitts

St. Kitts and Nevis made history when officials from the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association launched the first of CONCACAF’s Train the Trainers Program, at Football House.

The program is designed to train coach instructors on St. Kitts and Nevis to become official instructors of the CONCACAF region.

The course is being conducted by SKNFA Technical Director Lenny Lake, who received high commendation on CONCACAF’s selection of him to run the course.

SKNFA President Anthony Johnson in opening the course said, “For us here at the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association, this is an extremely proud and historic moment.”

The president continued, “Mr. Lake has earned a very good reputation throughout the CONCACAF region, and even further beyond. The fact that he has been chosen to deliver this course is significant, because it is the first course that CONCACAF is undertaking of this nature.”

“So, to be chosen as the very first instructor of this course speaks volumes of the kind contribution and the reputation that Mr. Lake has earned throughout the CONCACAF region,” President Johnson said.

The president urged the participants to take the course seriously. “This is not just about being able to deliver a coaching license at the local level. This is about being able to deliver a coaching education, a coaching D License course at the CONCACAF level.”

Johnson remarked that the course came at an opportune time. He explained that over the last eight years, the SKNFA placed a lot of emphasis on coaching education, in ensuring our coaches, our administrators, our referees, etc., all stakeholders in the game are qualified, educated, so that they can take football to the next level.

Commenting on the program, SKNFA Secretary General said, “We are indeed pleased to be rolling out this program in St. Kitts and Nevis. I am told that three territories in the CONCACAF region were identified for this pilot project – St. Kitts and Nevis being one of them. So, of the 41 members of CONCACAF, St. Kitts and Nevis was selected as one of the territories and the first to be rolling out this program.”

Jacobs said he is confident that the course will be delivered to the highest standard, and that the participants at the end of the course, will be among the best coaching instructors in the CONCACAF region.

Glenville Jeffers, the general secretary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Olympic Committee described course instructor Lenny Lake as one who is “very passionate about development”.

“It was really fitting that CONCACAF selected him to be one of its instructors on one of its first courses,” Jeffers said.

He said, “This is a testament to the gentleman. I have worked with him. Last year he had three courses that Olympic Solidarity sponsored.”

Course instructor, Lenny Lake, the technical director for SKNFA, said it was been a journey getting to this point the hosting of the Train the Trainers program.

Placied in the context of population size, Lake believed it is against the odds “to be here”, as he pointed to numerous instructors available across Canada, USA and Mexico.

On this reference, Lake said, “This course is not a course that belongs to a country. It belongs to a region. History will be told that when we gathered hundreds of instructors, let it be told, also, that the first set of instructors came from St. Kitts and Nevis.”

Participating in the CONCACAF Train the Trainer program are the selected coaches, Jeffery ‘Pedro’ Hazel, Orin Hughes, Kenny Douglas and Alistair Edwards.

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