Buxton Secondary aiming for better results this time
- opens quest tomorrow against Bygeval
Having exited last year’s tournament in the first round, Buxton Secondary School, one of the confirmed participants in this year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition is sparing no effort and is preparing diligently to progress further into the competition.
This is according to designated Captain Dwight McAllister, who said that their preparations are much better this time and that has boosted their confidence in getting past the first round on this occasion.
They are set to open their quest for top honours tomorrow when they face Bygeval in the opening game of this year’s competition at the famous GCC ground.
The sixteen year-old, who is also a member of the Georgetown Football Club (GFC), disclosed that they are working hard to ensure that they stay in the competition much longer this time.
“We working on our weak areas and we have the confidence that we will win all our matches”, McAllister revealed.
Among the weak areas, he was alluding to was their inability to control the ball as they attempt to pass it to each other.
According to him, while they’ve scheduled training for every day, not every player is attending the sessions due to lessons.
Once in a while, he stated, they benefit from coaching sessions from Sheron Abrams, who is also the Coach of Buxton Stars.
McAllister said that when Abrams is not available they train on their own. Those unsupervised sessions he pointed out are usually not difficult since most of the players’ are already part of football clubs either on the East Coast of Demerara or in the City.
Responding to the question of the importance of the tournament and what it means to the school, McAllister said it is a very good that Digicel has seen the need to come on board and support the development of youth football because there is where the future of the sport reside, adding that should they go on to win the competition it would be a great achievement for the school and by extension the community.
Manager of the team Tracey Braithwaite, who is also the Social Studies teacher, expressed faith in her boys, saying that it is her firm belief they will do well.
She, however, spoke of some of the challenges that she faces which include the absence of a full time coach and the need for the players to be more disciplined.
She said that from looking at the practice sessions some of the players are very good, but others have some more work to do which she is hoping will be completed in time for their clash against Bygeval.
The boys she disclosed appropriately named themselves the Challenges, “So now is the time for them to prove whether or not they are up for the challenge”.
Asked how as a Social Studies teacher she ended up working with the boys,