Jamaica Football Federation Restructuring Jamaican Football
Raymond Grant says the proposed broad-based restructuring of the nation’s football is in no way targeting any specific group, but is designed to achieve wholesale revamping in the long-term interest of the sport.
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has undertaken a robust but “inclusive process” of rationalising the current football stock to ensure in the long run that its structures from the ground up will serve the long-term interest of the local game.
Since the governing body opened discussions on the matter, some individuals associated with the sport have opposed the new proposals that, in part, seek to merge clubs and local associations and a general realignment of a structure that is untenable and burdensome for a country this size which is lacking an authentic football culture.
“There is a myth out there that the restructuring programme is geared towards restructuring the Premier League, and that is absolutely not so… the board of directors have charged the Technical Committee to come up with a programme of restructuring, and this includes the restructuring of football islandwide to include basic schools, primary schools, high schools, various leagues in the parishes — and of course the Premier League being one of them — and all competitions played in Jamaica,” said Grant, the new JFF general secretary.
The former president of the Portland FA said it is a reasonable view that the country lacks the resources to bear the burden of the present formation that includes about 500 clubs, believed to be too numerous for the demographics of a small country like Jamaica.
“It’s the view of the populace that we don’t currently have the level of resources — be it financial, human or infrastructural — to carry the programme in the direction the football should go. Therefore the restructuring highlighted all the various support the football will require… whether it will be referees, coaches, infrastructure, human re-sources and of course financial resources,” said Horace Reid’s successor in a Jamaica Observer exclusive.
Grant, who recently resigned as vice-chairman of the Howard McIntosh-led JFF Technical and Develop-ment Committee, the body spearheading the exercise, said stakeholders at every level will be engaged in the process until a fine-tuned and rational alternative has been settled on.
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