JAAA moves to keep cash flowing into track after Bolt

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first_imgPlans are afoot for the formation of the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, an organisation to raise funds for the development of track and field in Jamaica. This was revealed in an interview with Dr Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) last week. The new entity will be reaching out to local corporate entities and Jamaicans overseas.Speaking at his JAAA office in Kingston, Blake said he worried about the possibility of dwindling corporate support after superstar sprinter Usain Bolt retires.”It is a concern because, as you know, Bolt himself pulls and attracts sponsorship to athletics, and people may say that when Bolt goes, there’s nothing in it for us,” he outlined, “so we have to convince our partners that it is worth their while to stay with us, that we’re running a good ship, that we can deliver the same brand alignment that we have done in the past.”The formation of the foundation is part of the JAAA’s response to that possibility.”It’s already a legal entity, the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, where we involve some top people locally and some members of the diaspora, and we have got some key people overseas involved”, he said optimistically.MONEY IS TIGHTHe doesn’t expect that the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be able to assist much after its efforts to install a new synthetic track at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. “Having been head of the SDF, I know the sort of cash flow they have”, he remarked, “and the money is really tight.”He is envisaging a foundation “where we can raise funds, both from corporate and a sort of crowd-funding venture, where members of the diaspora give a small amount each month”.He also revealed that his association has been able to avoid its customary year-end borrowing in 2016. “This is one of the first years in my memory since 2000 that we have not had to go to the bank to borrow to bridge that gap at this time of the year”, he recalled.To explain, he gave an insight into the JAAA cash flow that included a reference to the association’s major sponsor, German sportswear firm Puma. “The money from Puma, you know, comes in tranches and, usually, at this time of the year, we are facing a serious cash flow problem,” he reported. Blake said tighter management has enabled the association to avoid bank loans this year.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today advertised for the national team’s head coach position which has been vacant since Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended after the 2015 ICC World Cup. (Ravi Shastri to apply for India’s head coach job)The board invited applications for the top post with a circular comprising a nine-point criteria, including one stating a ‘desire’ to have a Hindi speaking coach. It also wants somebody who does not have a track record of being embroiled in controversies.The board has set June 10 as deadline for candidates to apply for the post. (Gavaskar backs Dravid as India coach)After Fletcher’s tenure, former India skipper Ravi Shastri served as the team director till the ICC World T20 while Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar teamed up respectively as the batting, bowling and fielding coaches.Last week, the BCCI appointed former India all-rounder Bangar as interim head coach for the limited overs tour of Zimbabwe, starting June 11 while former domestic cricketer Abhay Sharma was named fielding coach. (Harbhajan backs Dravid for head coach, Zaheer as bowling coach)Here are the criteria listed by the board: 1.Should have successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the International level.2.It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification.3.Should be able to prepare and present a coaching plan elaborating the approach for ‘Team India’ to attain leadership position in all formats of the game.advertisement4.Demonstrate methods/tools to effectively measure individual player performance and present metrics to the Board, which will in turn measure the performance of the team, on a consistent and timely basis.5.Demonstrate an understanding and ability of employing a multi disciplinary approach that will include sports psychology and sports medicine, and effectively manage the work load of the players, thereby enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team.6.Communication skills befitting the coach of an International team are mandatory along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages.7.Should be well versed with the latest technologies/trends in sports software and ability to utilise the same, which will assist in analysing/ improving the performance of the player and the team.8.Mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of any past or current disputes, with any of the member boards of the ICC or its affiliates.9.Demonstrate plans and ability to contribute to the NCA Cricket Development Programmes and forecasting/planning to develop the next generation cricketer and agree to make themselves available for the NCA, as and when they are not with the team .The board said the shortlisted candidates will be called upon to present their credentials and plans, in person for further evaluation.last_img read more