KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) — United States-based coach Hue Menzies has been hired as technical advisor to spearhead the development of women’s football in Jamaica following the team’s failure to advance to the 2015 World Cup finals.
Menzies, who assisted the team’s preparation during the CONCACAF round of qualifiers late last year, has been asked to help develop the national programme on the recommendation of Cedella Marley, ambassador for Jamaica women’s football.
Born in England and raised in Jamaica, Menzies is currently the executive director of Florida Kraze Krush football club in the United States.
“I’m working as an adviser right now,” Menzies confirmed.
“… I work for Cedella Marley and for the women’s programme. She hired me as technical adviser for the women’s programme with approval of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).”
Menzies is scheduled to be in Jamaica to direct a Reggae Girlz training camp from Friday to Sunday in preparation for upcoming Olympic qualifiers.
She reported delivering a presentation to JFF officials last month, outlining plans to develop Jamaica’s female football for the long term – from youth through seniors.
“We laid out a structure of what we believe the programme should progress with,” said Menzies.
“… We talked about how we can connect the dots from grassroots all the way … the whole dynamics. We feel this is the direction we should go. It’s a continuous thing – long term. We hope this can impact the programme.”
Jamaica’s senior national women’s team does not currently have a permanent head coach following the departure of Merron Gordon after the CONCACAF qualifiers.