Jamaican Vacation for Driver

Isn’t Jamaica a lovely vacation destination? That’s the normal thought when one travels to the tropical island but for the AC Crusaders Owner and NPSL Technical Director Matt Driver, it’s a place for both vacation and work.

While on a much needed break from the rigors of everyday soccer in the states, Driver took time out of his busy relaxation schedule to build a relationship between the Jamaican Soccer Federation and the NPSL. Always one to build for the future, Driver met Mr. George Evens who was an intrical part in putting Driver in front of several high-level dignitaries from CONCACAF, the Premier League Clubs Association, and the President of the JSF, Captain Horace Burrell.

After this initial introduction it did not take long for Driver to revisit this opportunity to sit down with the JCLA with a view of developing a potential long term relationship between both of their respective leagues. At this next meeting Driver was on official duty as the Technical Director of the National Premier Soccer League (Now consisting of 42 teams nationwide) travelling to Kingston, Jamaica to meet with Chairman Mr Edward Seaga (Former Prime Minister of Jamaica) who heads up the JCLA.

The joint meetings covered many topics central to the development and growth of the game in Jamaica including the financial struggles, development and quality of the players, and avenues for player career development. Also discussed was an overview of the NPSL, the community focus of its teams, technical roadmap, and what the framework of a partnership between the federation and the NPSL could look like. Driver explained that a collaboration between both groups provide the players from the PLCA with a very attractive path to the highest level of competition in North America and the NPSL and infusion of young foreign talent that complements the home grown players each team produces.

It wasn’t long after a robust Q & A session that the meeting adjourned with all parties looking forward to further discussions. The promise of a formal agreement between the NPSL and JSF will still take some work but the groundwork was laid with Driver’s efforts.

And, as if meetings while on vacation wasn’t enough, Driver then proceeded to not only hold several three hour training sessions with the players from Wahdada, a PLCA first division club, but also donate equipment to the youth and senior level player who attended.

At some point during his time in Jamaica Driver did manage to actually relax and enjoy some down time. However, as he put it, “Most of my vacations are on the pitch anyway. This one just happened to be in Jamaica.” His wife was thrilled.

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