Two females among 29 certified Level Two coaches
TONI Cowan and Kadeesh Fishley are now certified coaches after they were among the 29 coaches presented with the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB)/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/University of Technology (UTech) Advanced Level Two coaching certificates for successfully completing the FIFA/JFF Coaching Course.
The graduation ceremony was held at the JFF Headquarters on Thursday.
"I am just happy that I am now certified to start coaching. The feeling is no different than if I was doing the course among just females. This shows that if you really want something and put the hard work towards it then you can achieve your goals," declared Cowan.
"My plan now is just to start coaching as I am not coaching at the moment, but I am around Cavalier FC," added the 22-year-old.
Meanwhile, Fishley said that for her it is mostly giving back, as her plan is to build football in Jamaica.
"It feels good, really good to be a certified coach among so many male coaches. Most females are interested in playing football, but I have a tactical mind and so I decided that I wanted to be a coach.
"My plan is to build football. I want to see the sport grow in Jamaica and reach the highest level. I want to give back to the nation, I want to give back to my high school (St Jago) and hope one day I can look back and say I did
that," Fishley told the
Speaking at the ceremony, FIFA's development officer for the Caribbean region Howard McIntosh said that he was pleased with the dedication made by the coaches and that they should continue to pursue their career.
"We have now over 700 certified coaches and this is a great achievement for all of us. This speaks to the building of football and I'm pleased with the effort and hard work put in by these coaches.
"These coaches now have to continue to read and study the game more. I urge the coaches to use the materials that you have received from the course and apply themselves as we want to improve football," he said.
The list of graduates is completed by Richard Adamson (head coach at DeCarteret College), Keon Broderick (coach at Vauxhall High), Ryan Channer (Waterford's coach), Christopher Clarke (coach at Libert Prep/Ballaz), Davion Ferguson (Hydel's assistant coach), Calvert Fitzgerald (head coach at Rivoli United), Wayne Frazer (head coach at Cumberland High), Howard Henry (Youth Coordinator at Bull Bay FC), Locksley Henry (St Mary's head coach), Andrew Hines (coach at Harbour View), Ricardo Knight (head coach at Wisynco), Ansel Lee (assistant coach at Central Kingston), Keron Leslie (Robert Lightbourne High's assistant coach), Authly McGrath (assistant coach at St Thomas FA), Michael McIntosh (not coaching), Anthony Patrick (head coach at Waterhouse FC), Garth Riley (Under-15 coach at Excelsior/Kickstart Academy), Winston Robinson (technical director at Progressive FC), Morinton Rochester (not coaching), Dale Spenser (Black River's assistant coach), Karl Tyrell (coach at Hillel Academy), Andre Virtue (Ballaz International), Patrin Wauchope (technical director at West Port FC), Damion Watson (Trench Town FC), Alien Whittaker (Sporting Central FC), Keble Williams (not coaching), and Collin Wilson (coach at Alpha