Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Tournament…Brickdam Secondary intensifying preparations
As the commencement of this year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Tournament draws closer, teams are beginning to intensifying their preparations ahead of the event and yesterday Kaieteur Sport engaged the Coach of Brickdam Secondary School Sven Browne in a conversation about the school’s plans to excel in the competition.
Browne, who also teaches at the school, has been the spearhead of preparations for the most prestigious tournament at the junior level and he disclosed to Kaieteur Sport that they have begun early preparations in an attempt to do well in this year’s tournament.
“So far, the sessions are going well, but you have to bear in mind that some of the players we expect to make the team are still engaged in CXC exams so the turnout so far has been a bit low,” Browne said.
He reckoned that the school is trying to eliminate the disadvantage that it suffers due to being a small school with no sort of environment for training so they have to schedule Fridays and Saturdays for training and that according to him has been difficult to date, but was optimistic that come the end of exams, he is expecting a much bigger turnout of students.
He singled out Captain Eon Sullivan as the pivotal player in the team and one on whose shoulders will bear the burden of the team’s hopes of progressing deep into the competition.
Questioned about the relevance of the tournament, Browne responded by saying that it serves to keep the students active other than the academic aspect, adding that sports play an important role in helping young people to inculcate good manners, learn how to solve problems and generally how to be a good citizen.
“Instead of liming, sports is a good endeavour to get involved in since it provides an avenue for you to do something meaningful in your spare time,” Browne felt.
He disclosed that preparation for the tournament is around 90%, but envisaged that come tournament time, they would have completed full preparations.
Browne congratulated Digicel for organising such a tournament, adding that he has to take his hat off to them.