20th November 2017
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (Kyss FM) – The St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) commemorated the CONCACAF Women’s Football Day on Saturday, 18th November, with a street march and a football festival at the Saddler’s playing field.
All forty-one member associations within the Confederation held activities aimed at creating greater awareness of the game for girls and women.
While the celebration occurred on St. Kitts on Saturday, the Women’s Football Committee started activities on Nevis a day earlier.
The Nevis activities included a march in which groups of girls and women joined the march from various points along the route. The march ended at the Elquemedo Willett Park with a rally.
In a symbolic gesture of support, several businesses pledged their support to women’s football on Nevis by presenting a football to one of the girls.
On St. Kitts, the day was also marked with a march in Saddlers along the Island Main. Almost 200 girls and women participated in the activity which also ended with a rally.
A football festival officiated by female referees and female coaches was also staged in an effort to stimulate more interest in football among girls.
As an additional highlight, an appearance was put in by the Under-20 National Women’s Football Team who will compete against teams from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Football Qualifiers to be held at Warner Park.
The Under-20 team also engaged in a friendly match against an all-star team.
Chairperson Alecia Collins is the newly appointed SKNFA executive with responsibility for Women’s Football in the federation. Verna Grant of Nevis is the deputy chairperson.
According to Collins the appearance by the Under-20 National Women’s Football Team was intended to, “… show our girls that they can work their way from the Grassroots Programme up to playing football at the national level and beyond.”
“We wanted the girls to see the national team in action,” Collins noted, adding, “We really want to inspire more girls to play the sport of football.”