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UWI, FIFA and CIES launch first Football Executive Programme for the Caribbean

For Release Upon Receipt - February 6, 2019

St. Augustine

On Saturday 26th January 2019, FIFA and the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in collaboration with The University of the West Indies (UWI) launched the first two modules of the Caribbean Football Executive Programme, focusing on the topics of “Organisation of Football” and “Administration and Finance”.

Building on FIFA’s commitment to help strengthen and develop football leaders and administrators within Member Associations (MAs), the Football Executive Programme offers an enhanced, multifaceted and comprehensive training programme for General Secretaries and senior football executives working for MAs across the Caribbean region. Further, through this Football Executive Programme, FIFA aims to further professionalise and develop top-level football administration in the Caribbean by addressing local needs and providing practical solutions.

The CIES Project Manager for the Football Executive Programme is Dr. Matteo Tassi. He explained, “CIES is proud to launch another capacity building programme with FIFA. As CIES, we believe in education and training as tools to raise the level of management in football”.

Taking place from January to July 2019 at The UWI St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, the programme will consist of eight different modules which will focus on strengthening senior Caribbean football executives across several key aspects of football administration. This includes strategy, project management, communication, marketing, event management and development.

The programme will also provide several intensive practical sessions that will enable executives to benefit from and share knowledge with internationally renowned presenters and experienced professionals which can then be applied by the participants within the day-to-day activities of their associations.

Mrs. Stacy Lewis-Daniel, Senior Development Manager at FIFA, said during her welcome speech: “With 26 participants from 17 member associations attending the first two modules, the Caribbean Football Executive Programme will provide an important opportunity for football administrators across the Caribbean to learn, share knowledge and enhance their skills so that they can go back and further develop football in their member association.”

A FIFA/CIES/UWI course certificate will be distributed to all participants who successfully complete the full course.

Since its foundation in 1995, the role of CIES has been to spread education and knowledge in the world of sport and with the Football Executive Programme it will have the opportunity to focus on the development of administrators and managers of football with the long-term vision of transforming football operations and making them more efficient.




About The UWI


Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)