By Franklin Wilson
Current East Demerara Football Association (EDFA) division-one champions Buxton United have maintained their promise of boosting the stocks at the Blood Bank for the second consecutive year. The initiative according to Head Coach Lyndon France had started in 2000 but did not continue for a number of reasons.
“We restarted last year and we will continue to do this on a yearly basis as this forms part of the club’s programme to teach our players their social responsibility and the fact that they must show love and take care of others.”
The players said they were more than happy to be part of such a great gesture and will continue to fulfill the club’s mandate.
Minister of Heath Dr. Leslie Ramsammy visited the players while they were at the Blood Bank on Wednesday evening and congratulated them for caring for others. He encouraged them to remain focused and disciplined as these are traits that will ensure their success in life.
Buxton United are the current Mackeson / EDFA champions and is a predominantly young club with Under-11, 13, 15 and 17 departments apart from the seniors.
Seeking corporate assistance
Head Coach of the Club Lyndon France, while lauding the support they have received from overseas based Buxtonians over the years which has kept them going, is calling on the Corporate Community to lend support to the club.
France, who has been coaching the club ever since 1996 said they searching for a long term sponsor to sustain the club which he says, has great potential and a bright future.
“We really need that kind of help moving forward especially in these trying times with so many distractions out there. The club has a very young membership and very ambitious individuals, many of them are working and the others are in school. We want to be able to impact positively in their lives and to give these guys the opportunity to be round persons that will contribute positively to their community and by extension the society and country.”
Buxton United was birthed in 1995 out of a merger of two entities, Buxton Sports Club which was founded in 1974 and Olympic Sports Club.
France, who is also the Technical development Officer of the Guyana Football Federation, said they have never had a full time sponsor but this is vital for them to consolidate as they move forward. Two of the rising stars in the club are multi talented sportsman Clive Andries and Les Charles Critchlow.
The 22 year-old Andries is the club’s leading striker and has represented Guyana at football and Under-19 cricket while Critchlow, who will celebrate his 17th birthday this year is one of the main pillars in defence for his club.
He was one of two players from Guyana that were invited to Suriname as part of the 2009 Digicel Kick Start Clinics and caught the eyes of Head Coach John Barnes.
Buxton United is one of ten clubs who were part of the Guyana Football Federation inaugural National Super League sponsored by FIFA under the Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF initiative.
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