Ministry of Sport approves $430K funding for women's football team
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, accompanied by Permanent Secretary and other officials of the Ministry, meets with TTFA President David John-Williams and other officials from the TTFA (Photo: Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)
Following a social media furore over a lack of funding for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Football team’s preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers, relief has come in the form of TT $430,000 in funding from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, along with senior officials of the Ministry, met on Tuesday with David John-Williams, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and other members of the TTFA at the Ministry’s Head Office, St. Clair Avenue, Port of Spain.
The TTFA was given a deadline of Monday, September 17 to submit a formal funding request towards the support of the Women’s Football Team and their preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers. The TTFA met Monday’s deadline and discussions were held on Tuesday morning to determine how assistance could be provided.
With fifteen days left before the commencement of the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Final Stage, the Ministry has reviewed the proposal submitted by the TTFA and has agreed to provide 100 percent of the amount requested, in the sum of TT $430,000.
This financial assistance is intended to cover the costs of airfare, hotel accommodation, food and beverage, pre-training camp, medical and baggage fees, and other items for the team and the technical support staff.
Minister Cudjoe also used the opportunity to highlight the concerns raised by the members of the team, especially as it relates to the outstanding retainer fees owed to the members by the TTFA. In response, The TTFA has committed to pay retainer fees to the players before their departure on September 25, 2018.
The TTFA will be invited to sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to ensure funds are properly disbursed and utilised.
Minister Cudjoe stated that “the welfare of these players is of paramount importance to the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago. They are our flag bearers and we have a duty to ensure that they are treated with dignity, compassion and respect. It is in this light, that the Ministry extends the necessary support.” She further stated that “this national embarrassment could have been avoided, and must never be allowed to happen again.”
Minister Cudjoe reminded the TTFA of the importance of proper planning, management, and leadership in the execution of its affairs, and further encouraged the TTFA to comply with the Ministry’s guidelines regarding the timely submission of financials, proposals, calendars and other relevant documents.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs says it stands committed to supporting non-governmental bodies to ensure that the sporting industry is developed at the highest standard and maintains transparency, accountability and impartiality as core values of the Ministry.
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