(SKNFA) Training has begun for the St. Kitts and Nevis Senior Women’s Team ahead of international competitions in 2023. Coach of the Women’s team Samuel Phipps, admitted that it is a bit challenging now to get all the female players out to training, but he expects the pace to pick up soon. “It’s a bit of a struggle to get the girls out to train at this moment. You know the time of year; and plus, the time of day…most of them have a job but we are trying to alternate the timing and try to get them out early in the mornings, on the weekends; so we can get them out to train and get with the program,” Phipps said. “I think it’s an intense program that we have and the girls that are here are liking it,” he added.
The girls are training at the SKNFA Technical Center in St. Peters on an artificial turf, similar to that of other international teams around the world. The facility is perfect and ideal for training, explains Coach Phipps. “I think it’s a beautiful facility; there is no distraction. When we are at Warner Park, have all sorts of distractions but here we can concentrate on what the coaches are trying to do,” he said. Coach Phipps praised the fact that the field is furnished with artificial turf based on international standards, which is similar to fields they play on for international competitions. “A lot of time we go out there and play on (surfaces like this), but we didn’t have a surface like this to train on. Now we have a beautiful facility to tain on—Astro turf, so I think that’s a beautiful thing also.”
The SKNFA Technical Director has stressed the importance of having the all-national teams training according to on singular football philosophy, which will improve the standard of football in the Federation. He also made it clear that the women’s team will also be treated equally in this regard.