Experts from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) are in Nicaragua this week to offer a course to members of the Nicaraguan Football Federation (Fenifut) aimed at boosting professional standards in national soccer.
The week-long course, from May 20 to 26, is part of FIFA's PERFORMANCE Program for football associations belonging to the regional Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Expected to take part in the course are Gregrory Engelbrecht, who hails from Aruba and is FIFA's Manager of Development for America, and Costa Rican Consultant Margarita Echeverria.
Also taking part are FIFA technical instructors Mariano Moreno, from Spain, and Rodrigo Kenton, from Costa Rica, as well as FIFA' s Development Office Director Julio Rocha, from Nicaragua.
Rocha said the PERFORMANCE Program is designed to help national associations boost their professional standards.
"We do a study or diagnosis to find out firsthand about the challenges facing Fenifut, and then together we decide what steps we should take to improve," he said.
Later, said Rocha, the associations request assistance projects according to their needs, in areas such as marketing, communications, information technology, club development, finances and event organization.
"That means FIFA will provide the federation with the technical know-how, tools and investment to jointly obtain better results," said Rocha. "And that has to be seen as part of Project Goal, and a cooperation commitment of two to three years." Endi