JOA Signs Historic Memorandum of Strategic Alliance with Argentine Football Institute World Eleven
President of the Jamaica Olympic Association,(JOA), Christopher Samuda, has
described the recent virtual signing of a Memorandum of Strategic Alliance with
the Argentine football institute, World Eleven Inc., as "historic as it is legacy
creating as this is the first time that World Eleven Inc is signing with a Caribbean
country and will be co-partners in building a legacy for future generations of
footballers in Jamaica"
The Jamaican apex governing body in sport has a robust foreign affairs sport
policy of establishing bi--lateral partnerships across borders as it continues to
fulfil one of its principal mandates of building local capacity in the various sports
represented by its member associations and federations.
Under this ten year alliance, the JOA, in collaboration with World Eleven Inc and
the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), will establish institutes in Jamaica
through which the Argentine Football Association (AFA) technology and training
methodologies, which marry the teaching of practical and technical skills
with a customised software which hosts E-learning, evolution and coach
grading methodologies, will be taught.
President Samuda in welcoming the partnership stated that "the
introduction of the AFA football technology, particularly at the primary level,
will revolutionise teaching concepts and practica in Jamaica and
emphasise the importance of physical analytics and kinetic analytics in
optimising performance in competitive sports."
A primary objective of the alliance is to market the AFA Technology
Institute throughout Jamaica in developing, matriculating and transitioning
local talent to the international stages of the Olympic Games and FIFA
President and CEO of World Eleven Inc., Guillermo Tofoni, expressed
confidence in the success of the alliance and confirmed his company's
commitment in using the AFA Technology and Training Methodologies in
developing young talent in Jamaica in fulfilling its mission to create spaces
where boys and girls can learn and practise football in promoting social
integration, inclusion, friendship, teamwork, respect and excellence while
experiencing the positive principles of Argentine Football culture such as
passion, joy for the game and healthy competition.
Similar sentiments of confidence were expressed by Claudio Tapia,
President of the Argentine Football Association, which has a distinguished
record of success at the international and will be instrumental to rolling out
the initiative in Jamaica.
The alliance arose out of discussions held between President Samuda,
JOA Secretary General/CEO , Ryan Foster, and Argentina's Ambassador
to Jamaica, Luis Fernando del Solar Dorrego, who disclosed his absolute
pleasure at facilitating the partnership and stated that "the love Jamaica
has for Argentina's football based on the number of shirts of Maradona and
Messi worn in Jamaica" will augur well for confidence in the initiative.
In signalling the mission of the JOA, President Samuda remarked that "as
the JOA looks in earnest on a historic qualification of our male and female teams
at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and further exploits at the World Cup, the
eleven men and women on the field of play must be products of a transformed
education programme driven by technical, scientific and technological
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