Courts Pee Wee Football Tournament Organiser responds to KS
In an effort to ascertain the benefits of hosting the Courts Pee Wee Football Tournament, Kaieteur Sport (KS) posed a few questions to one member of the Petra Organisation, the entity responsible for organizing the event on what prompted them to get involved at the junior level of the game.
Kaieteur Sport posed the questions to Troy Mendonca, an executive of the Organisation and here are his responses.
(1)KS-What prompted the Petra Organisation to get involved at this level of the game?
TM-In reflecting on the performance of the various national outfit (Specifically not a single locally-based player has forced his way in the National Team and cement a spot) The Petra Organisation sees the need for real hard football core decisions to be made and one of them is to revitalize the interest in the sport at all levels, but the present set of administrators and promoters seems bent on senior football.
(2)KS- You had alluded to the lack of organised football at the U-11 level over the past three years. Do you think that such a tournament will serve the purpose of exposing talent at an early stage and what follow-up does your organisation have in mind to nurture that talent?
TM-As you are aware that at this age it is when a human being will discover his or her talent and we need to create the environment for those players to get the opportunity to realise their God given talent.
We will be setting up a technical committee with an agreed mandate among the relevant stakeholders to ensure that spotted talent is properly harnessed. Also we intend to host Under-13 and U15 tournaments to cater for players moving up in age.
(3)KS- Are you expecting the necessary support from the governing body and how crucial do you view their support?
Yes, but just from a regulatory stand point in order to have a smooth flow of things.
(4)TM- We know the importance of spotting talent at an early stage is critical for the sustainability of any sport, but in your opinion why has this necessary aspect been neglected by the relevant organisations?
Petra Organisation- I, think the present administrators are too politically bias and lack the necessary vision.