Jamaican Vin Blaine takes on USVI football challenges head on

Sport

Jamaican Vin Blaine takes on USVI football challenges head on

BY HOWARD WALKER
Observer writer

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


Jamaica's former director of Football Vinimore “Vin” Blaine has his hands full trying to get the US Virgin Islands (USVI) into a football mindset, and ready to take of the region.

Blaine, who quit his Jamaican post in 2017 and headed to the Grenada football programme, has moved on again travelling approximately 480 miles north to the US Virgin Islands with a wealth of coaching experience of over 30 years.

The USVI's men's team is ranked 207 out of 210 countries in the world, while their women sit at 149 out of 159 countries.

“Soccer, as they call it, is not their number one sport, so it's behind baseball and basketball,” he told the Jamaica Observer recently.

He continued: “Impact [of USVI football] in the region is a way off. We will be competitive for the most part but still have some ways to go”.

Blaine, who is a former head coach of the Reggae Girlz, is among a number of Jamaicans holding top positions in football across the Caribbean.

Jamaicans Andrew Edwards and Omar Edwards (no relation), along with Shavar Thomas and Aaron Lawrence work with the Turks and Caicos Islands national programme, while veteran Coach Carl Brown previously held the top position in the Cayman Islands.

Blaine, who coached at Harbour View, also served as a Fifa and Concacaf coaching educator teaching courses across the Caribbean for the past 10 years.

But it will take all that vast knowledge for Blaine to turn things around in the USVI, especially in this time of the coronavirus pandemic that has stymied sports worldwide.

“We have not been able to do anything on the pitch since March... no training at all. We are just now discussing a start time to resume as the government has given us the go ahead as long as we follow their protocol.

“The senior men's team is doing virtual fitness work,” he noted.

Blaine said it has been a tough task trying to implement a new culture aimed at developing the sport in the US territory.

“It had its challenges, trying to change the culture of how they approach development. But we had the opportunity to start an U-15 girls' and boys' training programme,” he said.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT