State of St. Maarten’s Raul Illidge Sports Complex shocks Fifa VP WebbPOSTED: 01/31/13 11:18 AM
St. Maarten – Jeffrey Webb, Vice President of Fifa and President of Concacaf could not believe his eyes when he saw the football field he played on some 20 years ago at the Raoul Illidge Sports complex.
Webb and Owen Nickie, president of the Soccer Association of St Maarten planned his visit to the island a while ago. Webb wanted to see how they can get St Maarten ready to become a member of Fifa and the Concacaf. “Before we can do that we have to work on a development plan to make this project a reality. A good foundation starts with our youth. We have to give them the tools to work with and with the arrival of Fifa and Concacaf we can do that. The soccer clubs will be able to get international training for coaches on level C B and A. A referee course will also be part of the plan,” Webb said.
First St. Maarten will have to get its national stadium ready. “St Maarten has a lot to offer; there are a lot of talented athletes walking around but they can do nothing with it because they have nowhere to train and practice. They don’t have any challenge here so they leave to find it somewhere else.” Webb also had a quick meeting with the Minister of Education and Sports Silveria Jacobs who said that the renovation of the stadium will begin in March and will be finished by July or the beginning of August. Then the Fifa VP will come back to inspect the stadium and proceed to make St Maarten an official Member of the Fifa and Concacaf.