DERNELLE MASCALL, former national women’s footballer, has made up her mind that her future lies in coaching, as she intends to maintain her involvement in the sport she loves.
Mascall, along with the experienced Desiree Sarjeant, were the TT representatives at the Concacaf Women’s D License course in Antigua/Barbuda last week.
The 30-year-old Mascall who was part of the TT women’s team during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign, shared her thoughts on the recent exercise with several other women coaches from the region.
“Women in the region came together to share their stories on the progress of women’s football in their country; obstacles as well as successes,” said Mascall. “Those in authority (ConcacafW) shed light on their battles (at the top) to have Concacaf both men and women to become the best footballing region in a global context.”
Mascall continued, “All of us share similar stories where no battle is different than the other. Mentorship and empowerment is paramount to the women’s game as well as the importance of holistic development. Locally we will strive to return to Caribbean supremacy. Using the knowledge gained at this conference redirects this focus. “We are all returning to our respective countries rejuvenated and better prepared to grow the women’s game locally and by doing so, the Caribbean competition is enhanced. Concacaf W now has more teams qualifying for World Cups and, by extension, Concacaf becomes the top footballing region of the world,” Mascall added.