Wakapao Secondary new entrant to Digicel Schools Football
Wakapao Secondary stands a good chance of doing well at this year’s Digicel Schools Football Tournament. This is according to Teacher / Manager Kapil Singh, who spoke to the media via telephone yesterday.
Singh, who has been spearheading the school’s preparations, said that the upcoming competition will be the first time that the school will be participating and exuded confidence that they will do well after making comparisons with the performance of other schools in the competition and even went as far as disclosing that they stand a good chance of walking away with the trophy.
Located in Region two, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Singh said that to some of the students football is pretty new, but is confident that the students will be ready by June 15, the scheduled start of the tournament. Cricket he said is the dominant sport in the Region, “but the children will learn the rules of the game by June 15”.
The school according to Singh has been in training for some three weeks now under the watchful eyes of Coach Lindy France, who works with the students daily and even informed that the students have shown great improvements over the period.
Asked about practice facility, Singh said that they are at the moment using a ground not far from the school which is sand filled. That he said is not the most ideal facility for the students to practice on, but stated that they are making the best of it. He also said when compared to other facilities their ground is in much better shape.
Singh noted that if his students are to win the Regional competition that they will have a challenge when it comes to matching skills with schools that have been practicing on what is considered the ideal facility, but said they will cross that bridge when they get there.
Asked if there are any other challenges facing the school as they prepare for the tournament, Singh said no, informing that they have everything they need to prepare for the tournament.
The twenty students that make up the team are drawn from, forms one to four. He said that fifth form students were not selected as part of the team since they are in the process of writing CSEC.
“I don’t want to interfere with their exams they have to concentrate on passing their examinations first of all. That is why no fifth form students were selected. We will work with the students from forms one to four”.
Asked what was responsible for them agreeing to register the school as part of the tournament, Singh said that there are eight secondary schools in Region 2 and “we try to get the students involved in sporting activities that the other schools participate in. And when we ask the students they said that they were interested, so we registered”.