Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee has expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Sport for their continuous support towards local football through their partnership with the TTFA for the upcoming friendly internationals against Argentina and Iran.
Some weeks ago, the TTFA engaged in an initial discussion with the Ministry of Tourism about their involvement in the FA’s “Beyond the Pitch” strategy aimed at using football as a vehicle to develop business and tourism trade opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago.
The Ministry of Sport has also been a longstanding stakeholder, investing over five million into the national team programmes last year. This week the TTFA received TT$420,000 to assist with the team’s build up to the Argentina and Iran games.
Tim Kee sees forthcoming benefits from these partnerships. “I am extremely grateful as president of the TTFA and as an organisation we believe that the support coming from the Ministry of Tourism and Sport will play a tremendous part in raising the level of our football, our national teams, and promoting Trinidad and Tobago on the global stage,” Tim Kee said.
“Minister Gerald Hadeed, from what I have gathered, recognises the potential for tourism opportunities through football and our various events with other international front runners and his Ministry signed on from day one for this match in Argentina which will be seen by millions around the world and which will provide us with the opportunity to promote the country through culture and sport.
“We have never had any guarantees that such ventures will be easy nor do we expect it to be that way but we definitely stand a greater chance of achieving the success we are setting out for by working collectively in all of this,” Tim Kee added.