Guam's Espiritu, Awa graduate with honors from AFC Football Administration Course

Guam's Espiritu, Awa graduate with honors from AFC Football Administration Course

by Jill Espiritu
Guam Football Association

Guam Football Association’s Jill Espiritu and Ross Awa recently graduated from the 2017-2018 AFC Football Administration Certificate (FAC) Course with honors during two separate ceremonies held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Following the completion of the course’s second edition on Mar. 30, Espiritu, GFA Media & Marketing Officer, was recognized as one of three graduates with a Certificate of Distinction, the highest honor achievable among all participants. She also is one of only four in Asia to have earned the honor to date.

Awa, GFA Goalkeeping Coach Development Officer, graduated with a Certificate of Merit, the second-highest honor attainable by participants, following the completion of the course’s third edition on Apr. 4.

“On behalf of GFA, I would like to congratulate both Jill and Ross on their recent achievements,” said Tino San Gil, GFA President. “I am very pleased with their success in the AFC Football Administration Course; completion of the course, and particularly as some of the top participants in Asia, is testament to their commitment to advancing the sport of football in Guam and throughout the region.”

The course consisted of three classroom sessions held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by World Academy of Sport, and required a minimum of 280 hours of independent study and classroom work from each participant. Seven modules were featured:

• Organization of World Football

• Strategic Management in Football

• Financial Management in Football

• Income Generation in Football

• Media & Communications

• Event Management

• Operational Football Management

Participants nominated by their respective football association were shortlisted by AFC based on scores from pre-requisite assessments and later received official invitations to take part in the course. Each session consisted of lectures from experts, written examinations, and evaluated group presentations. Before each session, participants also were required to submit written essay assignments on topics pertaining to each completed module.

“I felt honored to be among some of the most committed and passionate football administrators from different countries across Asia as a representative from Guam Football Association,” Espiritu said. “I believe the course was truly effective in introducing an array of football management topics to participants, while also invoking discussions for further mastery and subsequent application into our respective member associations.

“Additionally, networking with others in the course, including expert lecturers and AFC staff, has assisted tremendously in my personal and professional development. I hope to utilize all I have gained from the course to continue contributing to football development in Guam and in the region. I thank all GFA Executives and my colleagues at GFA for the invaluable opportunity and the support,” Espiritu added.

Although Espiritu registered for the third edition of the course, she received approval to complete all requirements during the course’s final session of the second edition in order to accommodate her first-ever appointment as AFC Match Commissioner for the recently concluded AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018. Awa continued with the final session of the third edition of the course.

“It was an honor to represent Guam Football Association and I hope to support our Member Association to the best of my abilities in all aspects from the administrative and technical departments to achieve our goal at the world stage with the knowledge that I have acquired from the course,” Awa said. “The completion of this course is just the beginning, as I will continue to provide a positive and proactive approach to guarantee success in the sport of football on Guam as the ideas and skills I learned proved to be relevant to the operations of GFA.

“I would like to thank our President, General Secretary, the Executive Board, my colleagues in the Technical Department and GFA for selecting me as a candidate for the third edition of the AFC Football Administration Certificate Course,” Awa added.

AFC first offered the course to East Asia region Member Associations in its pilot 2016-2017 program. Krystiana Martinez, GFA National Team Administrator, graduated from the pilot program with a Certificate of Merit in 2017. The 2017-2018 program consisted of two editions, and all AFC Member Associations were invited to nominate candidates.

Photo Caption:

Guam Football Association's Ross Awa, left, and Jill Espiritu, right, pose for a photo at the GFA National Training Center with their graduation certificates from the recently concluded AFC Football Administration Certificate Course. Awa, GFA Goalkeeper Coach Development Officer, graduated Apr. 4 with a Certificate of Merit, the second-highest honor attainable by course participants. Espiritu, GFA Media & Marketing Officer, graduated Mar. 30 with a Certificate of Distinction, the highest honor achievable by participants in the course. Espiritu is one of only four in Asia to earn the Certificate of Distinction. Photo by Gianna Tenorio/GFA.

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