Mar 14, 2009 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
Even though they are miles away from the village of their birth, they still remember and support the growth of the younger ones in a tangible way.
That’s the story of Bradford Cush and Trevor Gentle, both USA based but still very much a part of the expansion and development of the Buxton United Football Club, East Coast Demerara 2008 senior champions.
Cush and Gentle recently donated a set of gear to the club in the form of one technical board, three (3) sets of goalkeeping uniforms and gloves to be used by the under-11, 15 and senior goalkeepers and twelve (12) pairs of boots.
According to club coach Lyndon France, Cush and Gentle, who has two sons (Nkofi & Trevon) playing with the team, have been donating gear to the club on a continuous basis and they are very grateful for this.
France, who has been at the helm of the club from its inception, is of the view that their support is one of the factors that has contributed to their success over the years.
Buxton United has the distinction of being the youngest team (average age of 21) ever to win the East Demerara Football Association senior league by capturing the Mackeson 2008 Championship. They also produced the highest goal scorer and MVP in Clive Andries who represented Guyana at cricket from under-15 to 19.
France also disclosed that his club receives contributions from overseas based Buxtonians at least once yearly. “I think this has been the lifeline of the club in that the $100 players are asked to pay as dues monthly, cannot sustain the club let alone purchase gear for all the age group teams and the seniors. But the help of Cush and Gentle along with others have really helped us along the way and aided our survival and maturity.”
Education he said, plays a vital role in the all round development of his players. “These guys are encouraged to attend the GITC and GTI to further their studies and I am very happy to say that I have a very disciplined and ambitious bunch of players in all the teams and Buxton can be very proud of these players also.”
Six of the players were called to national duties at various levels last year.
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