JFF to make exception for Bennett

August 12, 2019
Renoir Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC’s Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.
Renoir Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC’s Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.
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President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts has said that the federation will be organising a special JFF level-two coaching course this summer to help coaches meet the requirements to coach in the Red Stripe Premier League.

This, after it was revealed that Michael Bennett, who guided Vere United back to top-flight football earlier this summer, does not have the required JFF level, two coaching certificate to oversee the Clarendon outfit in the upcoming season.

"There might be a one-off situation where we create something for this particular coach. We have been speaking to him for a while now, and he was adamant that he was certified, but that was not the case. We want to work with the club and with the coach. We have asked him to bring in all his documents, and the JFF will take it from there because we really don't want it to hurt the club," Ricketts told STAR Sports.

It is reported that former Tivoli Gardens assistant coach, Damion Gordon could stand on the sideline for Vere in the 2019-20 season, but president of the club Lothan Cousins says that Bennett will resume his duties as soon as he gets the qualifications.

"The fact is that we ideally would prefer if coach Michael Bennett be in charge of the team. But his certification is at level one, while coach Gordon has a level two and the JFF requires that head coaches have at least a level two certification. As you would appreciate, the game is moving in a direction now where players, coaches, managers must be certified in certain areas," Cousins said earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Ricketts is imploring coaches across the island to use every opportunity to get themselves certified.

"We are doing some level-one coaching courses now. We just did one at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre, and we will be doing some level two afterwards. We are doing the level one now in each of the four confederations, so I reckon by the end of October we will do a level two, but the regulations states, clearly that at the premierships, you have to have at least a level-two to coach. There have been opportunities, but some people have not made use of the opportunities," Ricketts explained.

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