Milo Under-23 Football Tournament launched
-commences next Thursday
Brand Manager of Nestle Selwyn Bobb during the launching of the Annual Milo Round Robin Knockout Under-23 Football Tournament which was conducted yesterday in the Boardroom of Beepat’s on Regent Street reiterated the Company’s commitment to the development of young people through sports and academic pursuits.
The occasion that had in attendance representatives of Fruta Conquerors Football Club including its President Marlan Cole and Secretary Lavern Fraser-Thomas along with two young footballers and Marketing representatives of sponsor Milo Leon Fitzpatrick and Nirvani Bhairopersad saw the Company hand over the sponsorship cheque during a simple ceremony.
Bobb speaking at the launching said that the Company was once again honoured to be offered the opportunity to give back to the society this time through sports, but reminded that they’ve been involved in the support for outstanding academic achievements and other areas that they deemed beneficial to the development of the entire society.
He stated that the product ‘Milo’ is no stranger to sports with the primary reason being its benefit as a supplement to supply energy to the body.
Bobb added that the focus has always been to encourage and support initiatives at the grassroots level and they view the tournament as one such programme that will assist in pointing young players towards a more rewarding future in the game.
He thanked the organisers for selecting Milo to be the major sponsor of the competition and called on them to ensure that the tournament is run in accordance with the rules and regulations that govern the sport, while emphasising that discipline should also be a high priority during the month long event.
According to Bobb over $1million is being expended in the tournament which carries a first prize of $100,000, runner-up-$50,000, 3rd place-$30,000 and 4th place-$20,000.
Prizes will also be awarded to outstanding individual performers.
Fraser-Thomas in her capacity spoke of the format and rules of the tournament, informing that only players born on or after January 1, 1989 will be eligible to participate, while all the rules that govern football will be in effect.
She added that four groups comprising a total of 16 teams will be divided equally with the top two after the round robin playoffs advancing to the knock out phase.
Group A will have Fruta Conquerors, Flamingo, Guyana Defence Force and University of Guyana; Group B-Sunburst Camptown, Santos, Black Pearl and Riddim Squad; Group C- Pele, Northern Rangers, Police and Beacons, while Group D consist of Western Tigers, Charlestown United, Alpha United and GFC.
Cole spoke of the difficulty to solicit sponsorship, indicating that procuring the current one was not easy as well.
He stated that because of this, they will be ensuring that the tournament is run at such a high standard that will assure the Company’s involvement come next year.
Cole issued a call to all players and spectators to ensure that every aspect of the competition meets the satisfaction and approval of the sponsor.
The Fruta Conquerors President felt that should those conditions be met, it would then place them in an enhanced position to bargain for increased prize monies.
He like Milo representatives called on the general public to support the product and the matches with the tournament set to commence next Thursday.
Fitzpatrick and Bhairopersad both echoed similar sentiments where they expressed the Company committed support for youth development and encouraged all to come out and witness the matches.
Meanwhile, the general public will have an opportunity to win a Milo football during the month of September, simply by purchasing Nestle products.