The field of sports in St Vincent and the Grenadines is replete with examples of individuals who have received varying levels of training in one or more aspects of the sports development process but who have failed to involve themselves as was originally expected when they were selected for training.
The magnitude of this problem cannot be overstated. The same can be said of the negative impact that this reality is having on the sports movement in the country.
In St Vincent and the Grenadines we have been very fortunate in respect of the extent of training opportunities available to the various national sporting organisations.
Training opportunities are made available to some national sports associations by their respective international federations.
The international governing bodies for athletics and football are probably the most aggressive global sports organisations that consistently organises training programmes for the different categories of personnel involved in the sport.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was perhaps the first international sports federation to establish a comprehensive Coaches Education Certification System (CECS) beginning with the basic Level # 1 through to the newly established Coaches Academy.
FIFA has offered many coaching courses but is still short of providing an internationally coordinated certification system. As a result many coaches from the Caribbean have pursued training at the level of the English Football Association (FA).