9 teachers successfully complete FIFA F4S training

…Now familiar with GFF Child Safeguarding Policy

Teachers who have completed the FIFA F4S training

Nine teachers representing schools participating in the inaugural Guyana Football Federation-Blue Water Shipping Under-15 Girls’ National Secondary Schools Championship have concluded a comprehensive three-day FIFA Football For School (F4S) workshop with a focus on Child Safeguarding.
Orin Francois, GFF’s Senior Child Welfare and Protection Officer, facilitated the April 25-27 seminar, which was held at the Federation’s National Training Centre at Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Ahead of the eagerly anticipated May 4 kickoff of the latest girls’ secondary schools tournament in Guyana, educators Saskia David, Janacy Johnson, Thon Barnwell, Riaz Rupnarain, Christopher Gaskin, Tinesha Trotman, Akiliah Butcher, Anandi Blair and Gailann Barnwell completed the F4S training module and familiarised themselves with the GFF Child Safeguard Policy.

The F4S workshop facilitated by Orin Francois

Launched in 2022 with the firm support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, the F4S programme advocates the utilisation of sports as a means to cultivate crucial life skills. More than eighty teachers nationwide have now undergone training in the F4S philosophy.
In line with FIFA’s Guardians initiative, the GFF Child Safeguarding Policy maintains rigorous protocols to ensure the welfare of every child engaged in the sport. GFF President Wayne Forde aims to ensure that all officials involved in youth football undergo the GFF Child Safeguarding training over the next few months.
Course Facilitator Francois has said he is pleased with the group’s response over the three days, adding that they have acknowledged “that the sessions have deepened their understanding of the F4S programme, and given them fresh insights into the GFF’s child safeguarding measures.”
GFF is committed to ensuring a safe and enriching environment for every child who enjoys playing football.
The Blue Water Shipping Under-15 Girls’ National Secondary Schools Championship marks the start of the F4S programme’s competitive phase. It will see more than one thousand student-athletes from sixty public schools competing on fields across Guyana.
At the end of the workshop, Anandi Blair, attached to the North Georgetown Secondary, shared that she has a greater appreciation for the game of football. “I did not know you can actually use football to illustrate life skills. I wasn’t a big fan of football, but this programme is a very educational programme,” she said.
Reaz Rupnarain of Queen’s College added that the training session was more than he had expected. “They taught us that football is not just a game that we want to go out there and get the kids to win and put our school’s name at the top, but it’s for them to first develop skills that they can use in their lives…and more so to have fun ultimately at the end of the day.”
Towanda McCalmon, F4S Coordinator and Physical Education Sports Officer attached to the Unit of Allied Arts in the Ministry of Education, highlighted that “some of our participants never had an interest in football training, but after the sessions, they have seen how students can benefit and how it can actually be a life changing sport because of the transference of life skills… during the game…on the field and off the field, in a safe, conducive environment.”
Teachers from Soesdyke Secondary, Mocha Secondary, South Ruimveldt Secondary, New Campbellville Secondary and Tucville Secondary also attended the seminar.