Jeffrey Webb may have his critics but nobody can say that he doesn’t try to enhance the level of Cayman football.
The president of the Cayman Islands Football Association is soon off to Europe for some groundbreaking meetings that will definitely benefit ambitious locals, players and coaches alike.
‘I’m going to have a meeting with FIFA in Zurich with the internal audit committee and we’re also going to meet with the FIFA development committee discussing the GOAL project and also to discuss setting up the Cayman Centre of Excellence,’ Webb said.
‘On top of that I’ll be meeting Carl Brown (Cayman’s technical director) in London to ask the English FA not just for more assistance not just for the coaching development programme but I’ll also be asking them for assistance in club marketing and administration courses as well.
‘There are also plans to send Cayman coaches to England for instruction which will also be funded by the English FA.’
For youngsters dreaming of making a living at top English clubs, the good news is that Webb is meeting Peter Kenyon, Chelsea’s chief executive, Rupert Lowe, the chairman of Southampton and Alex McLeish, manager of Birmingham City.
So any budding Drogbas, Lampards or Essiens here will not be overlooked if they have enough talent and desire to make the grade. Michael Essien started from humble beginnings in Ghana and if he wasn’t long-term injured consensus is Chelsea would have made a stronger challenge for the Premiership title and Luiz Felipe Scolari may not have lost his job after all.
‘We’re looking to establish exchange programmes for our players and coaches. We want our coaches to be able to go to these clubs for three or six month stints to find out how these clubs work,’ added Webb.
‘We’re looking for the clubs to work with us and develop a mutual understanding where our young players and coaches will be able to go to these clubs, live there and develop for a certain period.
‘Carl Brown was at Bolton for six months and it was a tremendous boost for him and we want to give our locals coaches that amount of exposure and preparation for their own development.