F.C. TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CAYO FOOTBALL
In a few years, the Cayo District will have the
best players in all of Belize. This is thanks to the effort of many
individuals who are investing time, money and effort with the children
and youth of the district. To name a few, Paul Morgan in Belmopan,
Club Real San Ignacio, Adventures Football Club and Rene Montero's
football academy in Benque.
Raul Gamez and Cruz Gamez (Technical director and
President, respectively, of Adventures Football Club) have been
recently appointed to act as Secretary and Treasurer of the Cayo
Football Association respectively. Their incorporation brings new
strength and ideas to the association.
The past has proven to us over and over again that
the only way forward for Belize when it comes to football is to
work with the youth. Here is where we have the upper hand because
as coaches we can systematically transform them into "professional"
individuals. We can instill pride in wearing a jersey especially
that of our country. We can teach them with greater discipline and
they are always eager to learn. Compare this with the older players
who have no discipline and think that they know more than the coaches.
I would estimate that only about 30% of players, and this occurs
in all or almost all, of the semi-pro teams in Belize show up for
practice. How then can we progess this way?
Now that we can play a more active role in the
decisions of the Cayo Association, we will push for greater emphasis
and resources for our youth. With so many groups now working with
children and youth in our district in a few years Belize will be
the country to be watched in Central America, the Caribbean and
perhaps the greater CONCACAF.