Each affiliates organization of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) will soon receive a laptop, compliments the National Football body.
First Vice- President of the SVGFF – Otashie Spring said that the rollout of the laptop to affiliates forms part of his organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Part of our purpose of the laptop initiative is to provide the affiliates with the necessary tools to deal with the pandemic in terms of meetings and so on,” Spring related.
“The laptop initiative will also help the affiliates to keep their financial reporting up to scratch, and no better way to do so than with such technology,” he added.
The second in command of the affairs of the SVGFF proffered that with the Annual Congress upcoming, the laptops would serve in good stead should the Congress take place virtually.
Spring disclosed that the second batch of the laptops arrived last week and is in the hands of the Secretariat.
“The laptops are in the care of the Secretariat which is in the process of sorting them out and packaging them for distribution,” Spring revealed.
He noted that the 60 laptops have been imported at a cost of EC $170 000.
Spring underscored that the laptop initiative is part of the organization’s overall effort to “empower and assist” affiliates.
The SVGFF Vice- President also gave the update that further assistance was forthcoming, with the distribution of the second tranche of the COVID-19 Relief Package.
When the first tranche was given out last September, fifty-six (56) affiliates were the beneficiaries of approximately US$ 400 000 of the $500 000, which was provided by FIFA.
Included in the list of recipients of the package were clubs, leagues, associate leagues, match officials, match commissions, and national players at all levels.
Affiliate Clubs received $7000, while affiliate Leagues got $10 000.
The SVGFF made it clear that the remaining US$ 100 000 were earmarked for procuring equipment and upgrading playing environs to make them as bio-secure as possible.
In all, the SVGFF received the US $1 million, with $500, 000 specifically allocated to the Female component of the sport.