The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has appointed young promising Coach Andrew Peart as head of coaching education.
The 32-year-old Peart, who left the head coaching position at The University of the West Indies (UWI), will lead the JFF Coaching School aimed at raising the bar in Jamaica and the wider region.
JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint said Peart was selected after intense interviews and he came out on top of all the applicants.
“Mr Peart has been appointed as head of coaching education that will lead the coaching school,” Wint confirmed to the Jamaica Observer.
“He has gone through the rigours of being interviewed and came out on top and was offered the job. We want to wish Mr Peart well and his success will be the success of the JFF,” Wint pointed out.
“It is a new position that has been created at the JFF because what we want to do and what we have recognised is that if we want to compete globally in football, we need our coaches to be at a certain level and hence, the thrust to improve our coaching in Jamaica,” said Wint.
“So we are embarking on the development of the coaching school. We want it to be a profit centre too. We want it also to be able to deliver the content not only for Jamaica but across CONCACAF where persons can come here and be educated,” Wint explained.
“We are trying to lift the standard of football in terms of coaching and when that is done, it will lift the standard of the football played on the field,” Wint reiterated.
Meanwhile, Peart, who is now the head coach of Glenmuir High School, was also head coach at Jamaica College and served as assistant at Manchester High, Barbican FC and UWI.
“I'm very honoured to be appointed to the position,” said Peart.
“When you look at the major footballing nations and the ones making developmental strides, the establishing of a coach education programme is paramount to their success. An example of that would be Belgium and Iceland,” he noted.
Peart has been coaching for 10 years at various age groups including grass roots, high schools, Premier League and national level. He holds a CONCACAF B Licence in addition to a BA in Geography from the UWI.
“Our mission is to provide a coaching education programme of excellence designed to produce world standard coaches through a process of continuous learning with requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to positively impact the growth and development of the game in Jamaica,” said Peart.
“The first step towards that mission is to become a signatory to the CONCACAF convention which will allow coaches who are qualified with CONCACAF licences through our programme to be able to work in any country within the confederation,” he added.