- First feminine ever appointed as group supervisor for Barbados
- Cadijah Mars is accompanying the group of their World Cup qualifiers towards Panama and Anguilla
- “I’ve always considered myself a role model”
The date 8 March is a special occasion for girls all over the world because it marks the celebrations of International Women’s Day. It was established in 1911 within the interval earlier than the First World War as a part of the combat for equal rights, the suitable to vote and emancipation for feminine staff. The objective of this present day is to commemorate ladies’s cultural, political and socio-financial achievements and to boost consciousness of points corresponding to gender equality, reproductive rights and violence towards ladies.
For Cadijah Mars, 8 March 2021 will at all times be particularly memorable as a result of it was then that she was named as the primary ever feminine group supervisor of the Barbados nationwide aspect, an appointment that fills the 24-yr-outdated with nice delight.
“I work for the federation and was familiar with working with the national team,” Mars informed FIFA.com. “I’m the purpose individual contained in the affiliation who works with all of the nationwide groups. I do journey preparations and deal with all of the administration and paperwork. Basically, I make certain every part is nice and I give the coach the time to give attention to on-area actions, the extra technical and tactical stuff.”
When the unique group supervisor was unable to journey with the squad, she seized the chance with each fingers. “The coach [Russell Latapy] and I have a very good relationship, we work really well together,” she continued. “So he got here to me and stated, ‘the team manager is unable to travel. Do you know who my next option is?’ I requested him who it was and he stated, ‘I want you to travel with the team.’ Of course, I stated sure. This is actually massive for me to do that at such a younger age. It reveals me, that he sees rather a lot in me. Quite a lot of potential. This is the place I wish to be, that is what I come to do.”
The former Barbados ladies’s nationwide group goalkeeper additionally is aware of precisely what she is doing. She made her senior worldwide debut on the age of 15 in Puerto Rico and later acquired a soccer scholarship, studied and accomplished her bachelor’s diploma in sports activities science.
“I had high hopes that one day I could be part of the management or a big national team,” Mars stated. “After I finished my degree I started working for the federation and in 2019 I was appointed as secretary to the general secretary. I grew tremendously as a person and learned to be disciplined, as well as learning a lot about the game and administration. I learn a lot every day. The coach and the president in particular have supported me throughout my whole journey. They came to me and told me I should be the team manager. A woman has never held this position before. For me it’s a dream come true.”
The response to her appointment has been optimistic for essentially the most half, and the few detrimental feedback have been of little concern to the 24-yr-outdated. “That’s just the way the game is,” she stated with a shrug.
It is barely difficult to have ladies holding positions in soccer. Obviously, soccer is male dominated. This is the twenty first century and we have to normalize equality in every part we do. We nonetheless have issues with folks considering that males are superior in soccer. But we girls can do the identical issues males can do.
Mars doesn’t really feel below any strain in her position as she is accustomed to working with the group. “I’m always two steps ahead, the coach can confirm that,” she stated with a smile. “I’m a player myself and I know what I expect from a team manager. That makes it easier for me. The guys treat me with a lot of respect. They know that I understand the game and that I know what I’m doing.”
That is massively important contemplating the significance of the problem dealing with Mars and the group, who performed their final matches in January 2020 towards Canada. The Bajan Tridents go up towards Panama on 25 March and Anguilla on 30 March of their opening qualifying fixtures for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. And the brand new group supervisor is approaching the duty filled with optimism.
“The coach is experienced and has a really good influence on the guys,” Mars stated. “They practice very arduous, do a whole lot of tactical stuff and put together for the video games. The coach has nice data and shares it with the gamers. We have been unable to play in Barbados because of the COVID restrictions, so we got here to the Dominican Republic, the place we’re having a two-week coaching camp. The gamers practice twice-a-day and work actually arduous. I believe that may repay in these upcoming video games. Panama have already performed at a World Cup so that they’re fairly skilled. But we’re right here to play to not give away factors. We’ll play to our greatest and I believe we will upset a few of the groups within the group and come out on prime of it!”