Global sportswear giants Nike is set to headline a long list of international sponsors that have all given their commitment to the United TTFA, should they be elected into office at the T&T Football Association Election on November 24.
This was revealed by William Wallace, the United TTFA presidential candidate at a breakfast launch at the President's Box at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain on Saturday, during the delivery of a comprehensive presentation of his group's manifesto, which showed that well over US$30 million will be generated from international companies around the world alone. The companies are based in India, Switzerland and the United States and other countries.
Wallace, a success story at the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) for many years, noted also that his group will still attempt to source funding from government, FIFA and corporate T&T.
Some of the international companies provided Wallace with letters of commitment such as Spectrum Brands, which has agreed to construct six small-goal/futsal fields across T&T for a three-year period, while a newly introduced top tier football system, featuring a League 1 and League 2 tournament, at a total value of $16,800,000, will be funded by international companies, such as VARTA, Ultra PRO, Pfister, PRO-SENSE, Remington, Dingo, FORTIS, Birdola, Sportsman, Breadman and Kwikset etc.
Nike expectedly will provide uniforms for all the country's football teams: set up a retail sports outlet at one of the stadia, which will attract more business activity Wallace believes, as well as provide a sizeable contribution to the United TTFA, which the November 24 presidential candidate said, is still to be negotiated.
He said under the United TTFA, T&T Women football will have an independent international sponsor for the first time.
Wallace said the funds will be needed to repair a sport damaged under the David John-Williams-led administration. He pointed to the country's youth, senior men and women's programmes, the country's inability to qualify for the Olympics and World Cup tournaments, the string of losses by the country's senior team and an almost irreparable debt which has led to ongoing discussions with creditors etc, to clear it.
The event attracted a large cross-section of football fraternity which included Colin Murray, Osmund Downer and Joseph Taylor (referees), Keith Jeffrey (San Juan Jabloteh), Brent Sancho (Central FC/Pro League) and Clayton Morris.
Wallace said arrangements for a joint partnership agreement will be reached with a company to finish the Home of Football and have it managed at a profit-sharing basis.
Wallace called on the members of the electorate to not vote for him and his slate, but vote for the sport of football.
He first sought to clear the air on the misperception that a vote for him is throwing support behind his group's out-spoken member Keith Look Loy. He then asked, "What has Look Loy done for people to be afraid of him. What has he done wrong?"
Wallace said despite being Board members, they are still unaware of what the debt of the TTFA is at present.
He said, "It is against this background that we seek help for football outside of T&T. We agreed that leveraging stronger currencies will be crucial to the survival of the FA. Of course, with good governance, with the major tenets being honesty, transparency and inclusiveness, we expect to win back corporate T&T after November 24. The successful partnerships that the united TTFA has been able to established outside T&T, demonstrate that once people with integrity come forward to lead, people are willing to help."
Wallace pointed out the United TTFA will also move to get national football back on the television by hiring Flowsports founder and director Sean Riley to handle its tv rights, its links to other networks and to be their marketing personal.
In response, Riley said, among other things, he will help negotiate the television rights from the CONCACAF for key matches.
Earlier Look Loy, in a power-point presentation produced an organisational chart that will be the guide for T&T football when the group assume the reigns of power. The chart shows the Board of Directors for which all committees and members will be report to and accountable to.
Look Loy, the groups chief organiser said to ensure success in the sport, the new TTFA will have a functional technical committee, director and technical department: national talent identification programme (particularly at the youth level): education for all types of personnel: functional club-licensing and club programme: regional programme that will be headed by paid regional directors and programmes that will link with the talent identification programme.
He said that there will be a training centre in Tobago, inclusive of a dormitory and cafeteria, gymnasium, football fields, employment of a youth football manager among others, etc.
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