(WFI) England 2018 ambassador David Beckham will launch a football festival in Trinidad this weekend run by his David Beckham Academy and will attend the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final in Port of Spain on Saturday.
“Trinidad and Tobago have produced some excellent players over the years and the islands are full of young people who love football. I am really looking forward to seeing the young girls and boys from all backgrounds and their coaches at my Academy.
”Encouraging young girls to play football has always been an important part of the thinking behind the Academy and it will be great to take this opportunity to also see some of the world’s best young women play in the Under-17 Final.”
England’s bid team described the initiative as fulfillment of “fulfilling a long-standing personal commitment” to FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who hails from the island.
Beckham will be followed by a succession of bid ambassadors and officials to the island, all desperate to woo Warner who effectively controls the CONCACAF bloc of three FIFA ex-co votes.
Holland-Belgium’s bid team are already on the island having launched a similar initiative earlier this week.
An England 2018 delegation will also attend the final led by international president David Dein and bid CEO Andy Anson.
FIFA Ex-co member Franz Beckenbauer and President Sepp Blatter will also be in attendance.
Blatter is due to arrive in Trinidad tomorrow. His business in the Caribbean also includes a two-day visit to Jamaica, where he will inaugurate the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Centre at the University of the West Indies, and a visit to the British Virgin Islands, where he will open a FIFA Goal project.
By INSIDER’s James Corbett.
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