The Ministry of the Indigenous People’s Affairs is once again teaming up with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) in an effort to develop the sport of football in the hinterland region.
Minister within the Ministry, the Honourable Mrs. Valerie Garrido-Lowe, along with GFF’s Technical Director Claude Bolton, journeyed to the hinterlands where they would travel between regions 7, 8 and 9 to kick start the Ministry and Federation’s plans for the sport.
On July 1, the GFF handed over 100 footballs to the Ministry to aid in their preparation for the hinterland games, but Minister Garrido-Lowe made it clear, that the indigenous people, whose favourite past time sport is football, deserves an equal opportunity at representing Guyana at the International stage.
“What generally happens, all though they are really talented and enthusiastic, they don’t get the necessary exposure, training and everything and it makes me sad to see every time, a national team has to represent Guyana, I’m not seeing a truly national team; I’m not seeing my indigenous brothers and sisters and I would like us to change that” said the honourable minister.
The Minister pointed out that it’s her hope for the ministry and the GFF to form a strong link “where we can develop hinterland football to a high level where the opportunity can come to our hinterland brothers and sisters”.
Chairman of the GFF’s Normalisation Committee Clinton Urling had opined that Guyana has a unique geography in the Caribbean Region, with large expanses of land, while noting “we’ve not seen the best of Guyana’s football when we send our national team out, I sincerely believe that some of our best players will come from the hinterland region and since becoming the head of the Normalisation Committee, we’ve made a deliberate effort to expand the game and reach out to the Hinterland communities”