GFF inks massive football development partnership with Denmark
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and Denmark Football Union will be aligned at least to 2026 in a massive partnership which is aimed at developing major pillars of the sport in Guyana. Key partners of the countries met on Wednesday in Georgetown where the finer details of the alliance were finalised and made public.
With an illustrious aim of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in Canada, Mexico and United States of America, this partnership should see the sport gaining significantly in key areas.
This disclosure was made by GFF President Wayne Forde at the partnership signing, which took place at Pegasus Hotel.
“By the simple act of affixing our mark to sheets of paper, today we have sowed the seeds of friendship that in time can produce a harvest of new and exciting opportunities for the long-term development of Guyana’s football. Today we were able to establish the terms of our collaborative efforts in the coming years, for the implementation of some key strategic objectives and programmes,” Forde stated.
The areas of support will be Coaching Education, Infrastructure, Competition Management and Professional League development, Women’s football, Grassroot Football, Youth Development, Referee Development along with Governance and Administration.
Denmark has pledged to start these projects as soon as 2020 and for them, the partnership gives the opportunities to train in different conditions and understand the local academy structure.
“I had to a lot of questions especially in regards to their academy; we don’t have an academy or a training side in Denmark yet and perhaps we can get some knowledge about doing that. You have a big country but not so much infrastructure and it is quite the same as in Denmark,” Jesper Moller, President of Denmark Football Union, said.
From the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), they are happy to see partnerships growing outside of Europe, and this will go a long way in developing the sport holistically.
“If you look at it, there are no small nations anymore, everyone is competing, and we would like to assist the Guyana Federation to get to the next level,” UEFA’s head of International relations, Eva Pasquier, expressed.
After the press briefing, GFF gave the officials a tour of the turf facility at Providence and the land awarded to them at Durban Park. It understood that while FIFA will be a major funding body for the development of the Durban Park project, Denmark could assist.