President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Andy Bickerton said the hurricanes have set back local football by 10 to 15 years.
Bickerton made the statement while noting that the BVIFA is now operating out of a shipping container because its headquarters was destroyed.
Hurricane Irma also partially destroyed a new Fifa-funded artificial pitch in East End/Long Look on Tortola.
The territory’s national team was scheduled to play in a regional CONCACAF tournament on the said pitch next year.
Bickerton said the BVI is experiencing challenges but it still plans to enter the tournament.
“It will be difficult as the players are scattered all over – in the USA, the UK, and other islands… But we will definitely enter the tournament. It has to be a major step for us in trying to recover,” he said.
“Football has been devastated here, but it will not stop us,” added Bickerton.
The BVIFA, in the meantime, said it has now restarted its after-school programme for youngsters on the island. The football association added that the artificial pitch is now available for use to help ‘raise morale’ of the youngsters.
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