Grant returns as BVI Football Association president
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Saying he has a clearer vision of where soccer is developing in the
BVI, Kenrick Grant who served as general secretary of the BVI
Football Association over the last four years, returned as the
association’s top brass during elections held last week, after
Andy Bickerton quietly tendered his resignation in August.
Grant first served as
president between 1996 and 2000. He beat nephew Gregory by a 16-2
margin in voting for the presidency. Aubrey Liburd is the 1st vice
president, while Leslie McMaster occupies the 2nd vice president
post. Howard Stephens is the assistant secretary of operations and
Virgin Gorda’s Avonel Morton the assistant secretary of
administration. Claudine Wheatley is the ordinary members
The general secretary
who is a paid employee of the BVIFA, will be appointed soon Grant
says. The BVI Football Association has been incorporated as a
limited company by guarantee and not having a share capital and
registered under the BVI Companies Registry Act, the only sporting
association in the territory to do so.
Grant said coming back
to the sport at this time is more challenge, but he has a clearer
vision of where the sport is going. “Our biggest challenge is
still facilities. But we’ll work with what we have,” Grant said.
“I’m sure if we had proper facilities, we could encourage more
players to participate. Annually we lose players because of the
conditions they have to play under. Hopefully that will get better.
But, we also have a challenge in getting more players on our
With the new
constitution in place and those elected as directors of the company,
Grant says this new constitution ‘engulfs a lot of things.’
“One of our main focus in pursing this game forward is to widen
our grassroots programs,” Grant said, noting that the short term
goal is to get the national league up and running. “We have to get
that going soon and begin preparing our players for the upcoming
World Cup qualifiers. All in all, we’ll have a busy agenda ahead
of us in the near future.”
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