GFF appoints first Women’s Development Officer
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is pleased to announce the appointment of former Lady Jaguars national team captain Tricia Munroe as the organisation’s first Women’s Development Officer, a landmark move for the progress of women’s football in Guyana and a central part of the delivery of the new, national football development strategy.
“The creation of a dedicated, full-time women’s football position within the GFF’s Technical Department opens up a range of exciting possibilities for the development and organisation of the sport across the country, including improved leagues and competitions, an increased number of female coaching and refereeing activities, more programmes for girls’ football, greater support for the nationwide GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres, and an enhanced youth and senior national team programme,” the GFF said in a release.
Munroe, who played in central defence for the Lady Jaguars for more than a decade during the 1990s and 2000s, said, “I want to see women’s football grow more, as much as the men’s game, and get the attention it deserves. I hope that I can encourage more former players to get involved in the work of the GFF, so that we can harness their skill and passion to inspire the next generation of players, coaches, referees and administrators as we develop the sport.”
Munroe, who has also served as assistant coach at Fruta Conquerors, will be based at GFF headquarters in Georgetown as part of the newly-expanded Technical Department, run by Technical Director Ian Greenwood.
The expanded department features a Youth Development Officer, a Coach Education and Development Officer, a Schools Development Officer, a Technical Secretary, nine regional Technical Development Officers and 14 part-time Youth Development Coaches.
“As the GFF works aggressively to expand the scope and impact of our football development programmes, we are delighted to be able to bring Tricia on board to help us take girls’ and women’s football to the next level in Guyana,” said Technical Director Greenwood.
“Tricia is fully aware of the challenges that women’s football faces in Guyana, and she is bursting with the ideas and energy that we are looking for as the GFF works to break down those barriers, through greater investment and a specific focus on the needs of women’s football, from grassroots to elite level. The GFF is committed to giving girls and women every opportunity to reach their full potential in football, on and off the pitch, and we look forward to working with Tricia to improve standards and to create a more level playing field.”
The GFF is actively recruiting more women in football governance and management positions in a concerted effort to change the culture of football in Guyana. This includes three positions for women on the nine-member Executive Committee – Thandi McAllister, Carmel Williams and Magzene Stewart – and GFF General Secretary Althea Scipio and GFF Deputy General Secretary (acting) Rennella Bourne.
Two of the GFF’s nine full-time Technical Development Officer positions are also occupied by women – Akilah Castello (Upper Demerara FA) and Leah Smith (Bartica FA).