In a combined effort and sponsorship from the Cayman Islands Football Association, the Government of the Cayman Islands and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Cayman coaches will be attending the Football Technology Convention, which will take place between December 05th and 06th, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year’s convention will analyze some business cases of successful Brazilian and international clubs and sponsors, like São Paulo F.C. and Manchester United. The panels will include tactical analyses and techniques about Brazilian Soccer and the World Cup.
Marcos Tinoco, Technical Director for the Cayman Islands Football Association; Brian Watler, Youth Coach for North Side FC, Thiago Cunha, Women’s National Team Coach, and Martha Godet, Elite SC’s Girls U15 and U17 Coach, will be traveling to Brazil at the beginning of December.
This year FOOTECON will have two auditoriums in order to cover specific issues related to the work of coaches. The second auditory is especially dedicated to multidisciplinary subjects, such as medicine, legislation, technology and psychology in football. The program will be divided in speeches, round tables and panels for debate and have simultaneous translation.
One important object of FOOTECON is the exchange of information and tendencies between the people who make football happen and is supported by strong partners like Nike and Nestlé. Due to the importance that sport has occupied in the economy of the developed countries, subjects related to the sports business will have permanent space in FOOTECON’s program.
FOOTECON 2006 will show cases of successful companies, speeches about athlete’s management, examples of success in the European leagues’ commercialization, methodology in discovering talents, Brazilian stadiums administration and development of sports legislation.
Among the personalities slated to speak at the Convention are Arrigo Sacchi, Carlos Alberto Parreira, José Pekerman, Dunga, and João Havelange, who is scheduled to conduct the opening ceremony.
FOOTECON is realized by FSV – Football Sports Ventures -, a sports marketing company that was established in 2004, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FSV Sports works close to technical departments, coaches and managers of Brazilian and international soccer clubs.
Mr. Dalton Watler, Director of the Department of Youth & Sports, commented on the benefits of the coaches attending the FOOTECON, ‘When they come back, they will be able to put into practice all the knowledge acquired in the Convention. They will gain technical and training skills and also they will witness the demonstrating shows first hand’.
Mr. Thiago Cunha thanked everybody who is making this trip possible and said that the wealth of information that they will attain in the Convention ‘will prove very useful for our National Program’. He also declared that the importance of attending this Convention will rely on the fact that some of the best coaches in the world will be speakers at the event and at their return, all of them will pass on the information to all the local players and coaches.
Mr. Jeffrey Webb, CIFA’s President, stated that ‘This program is a continuation of the football education for our coaches. This type of symposium will provide them with exposure and it will raise the standard of coaching, as we continue to develop the level of football in the Island’.