The Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) wishes to extend congratulations to our very own Brandon Greene and Tisha Belfon who recently graduated from the University of the West Indies – St Augustine Campus with Bachelor of Science degrees (Honors) in Sports Management.
The duo have distinguished themselves as young, enthusiastic TTSL match commissioners throughout the 2017 season.
While Greene already possessed some experience in the field, Belfon was drafted into the fold following the inaugural TTSL Match Commissioner Training Seminars held in May 2017. These seminars were conducted by FIFA match commissioner Norris Ferguson.
It is an opportunity and an experience that she is eternally grateful for.
“I am extremely grateful to the TTSL Secretariat and Mr Camara David for having the confidence in me and allowing me the good fortune of being a match commissioner” Belfon told TTSL Media.
“You must embrace what’s laid out for you and strike every opportunity with enthusiasm; you never know, it just may be what the stars have aligned for you. I can attest to that when I was given the opportunity to be a match commissioner for the TTSL season 2017.”
Greene echoed his fellow graduate’s appreciation and even went onto identify the unique insight that practical knowledge in the field brings.
“After being accepted into the current pool of match commissioners in June 2017 and receiving numerous appointments throughout the season, the TTSL has allowed me to elevate from understanding the principles I learnt in the classroom from my sport management major, to applying it in real life situations faced in managing sport (football) – having to communicate with different personalities and make tough decisions to impact the game’s operations,” stated Greene.
While Belfon and Greene both agree that sport administration in T&T has a long way to go, they are encouraged by the vision and opportunities that the TTSL is focused on providing for young professionals.
Greene stated, “I must say after closely working with TTSL and various students in my sport management classes, there is a cadre of upcoming, brilliant and passionate young sport professionals ready to change the landscape of sport development in T&T and shape our country’s youth, elite athletes and professional teams to greater accomplishments.”
“So it’s just for these professionals to network and gain opportunities to work with the decision makers.”
He continued, “in my view, the TTSL is under great leadership at the moment with the current Secretariat which has been helpful, forward-thinking and innovative while also representing some of the qualified and educated sport professionals we currently have.”
The pair, alongside fellow match commissioner John Barclay, have also served as official TTSL volunteers for special projects such as the staging of the CFTL League Cup semi-finals and exemplify the commitment needed to continue football development in T&T.
“I was able to network myself as a player and as a sport administrator when exposed to various matches,” stated Belfon.
“I was given the chance to have an opinion by Mr David (League Secretary) – a kind, open-minded individual, on certain situations that may have been raised during the 2017 season. For this small gesture, I will forever be grateful. The TTSL 2017 season was an enjoyable one and I do look forward for what’s in store for me next season.”