The Cayman Islands Referee’s Association (CIRA) recently held their Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The meeting was very successful, as various aspects of ‘refereeing’ were discussed and future plans made.
Newly elected president, Alfredo Whittaker, Cayman’s only FIFA listed referee is very excited about his new and challenging role. He recognizes that proper education, coaching and ongoing assessment is crucial to the game’s success in the Cayman Islands.
Jim McLean, newly elected CIRA General Secretary will be looking for a corporate sponsor to be associated with CIRA. He will also be responsible for ensuring that the marketing and branding of such a sponsor’s name and logo is properly represented at CIFA games and on referees’ attire.
Attending the meeting was the Cayman Islands Football Association (‘CIFA’) President Jeffrey Webb who thanked the outgoing committee members for their hard work during the 2005/2006 Season and for their contribution towards the development of football in our Islands. Mr. Webb wished the newly elected Executive Committee Members well and said he is looking forward to a good working relationship. He also asked the new committee to formulate a development plan geared towards local referees.
CIRA provides officials for all local competitions, and as part of the new constitution, and following the election of new officers for the current year, the Association will endeavor to ensure that the highest standards of officiating is delivered. This will be achieved through a properly designed and implemented Referees Development Plan.
Recruiting new referees will be vital in future years and as such a beginner’s referee course is currently being planned. Referees globally are active in various professions such as teachers, bankers and physicians. CIRA invites all interested individuals to become members of the Association where they will have the opportunity to progress through the ranks in a measured way. New recruits are required at all times to maintain high standards. Players in the Masters league may be ideal members as they have played the game at different levels, and now may wish to continue developing the game locally.
Interested individuals may contact the CIFA Office at 949-5775 for further information.