Great information”; “I appreciate dearly”; “excellent session”; “informative”; “wonderful initiative,” and other variations of appreciation were amongst the immediate sentiments shared by some of the participants in Friday’s videoconference hosted by the Argentina Football Association, the Argentine Embassy in Bridgetown and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
The interactive initiative titled National Youth Teams Management and Training Model facilitated the 18 English-speaking members of the CFU, including Bermuda, each of which were invited to send their technical directors and two coaches. The other 13 member associations, comprising the Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking countries, will have their session on Friday, May 15th, 2020.
The presenters—Hermes Aldo, an Argentine former professional footballer who played for Independiente, Celta de Vigo, UD Salamanca and Deportivo Alavés; Desio Jerónimo Aimar, a professional football physical trainer who holds degrees in Sports High Performance, Sports Nutrition and Physical Education; and Román Manassero, a professional football coach with vast experience both in Argentina and abroad—gave detailed presentations.
They mulled training models, management and work experience of the national youth teams in Argentina. The sharing of best practices was well received, with many of the 75 participants expressing interest in future conferences on different subjects, including women’s football.
In wrapping up the group one session, Argentina’s Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean His Excellency Ambassador Gustavo Pandiani said he was pleased with the bond formed between the 31-member CFU and Argentina.
“There are no barriers, no borders, no frontiers in football. The most important thing is friendship,” Ambassador Pandiani said, adding that the sport connects people, countries and cultures. He pledged to find more opportunities to continue sharing experiences.