Ten City teams to battle for championship
The inaugural Len’s Craft Optical/Sunburst Under-15 football league for City teams was officially launched yesterday at Continental Group of Agencies Industrial Site location with representatives of both sponsors on hand.
The tournament, which is being organised by Franklin Wilson, is set to kick off on Saturday March 12, at the Georgetown Football Club Ground, North Road and will feature ten (10) clubs battling for the attractive trophies, medals and individuals awards on offer.
The teams taking part are Pele, Sunburst Camptown, Fruta Conquerors, Santos, Georgetown Football Club, Riddim Squad, Houston Stars, Flamingo, Renaissance and BK International Western Tigers.
Public Relations Officer of Len’s Craft Optical Andre Kellman in his comments stated that they are excited about the competition and have been supporting sports over the years.
“Knowing that football is the biggest sport worldwide, we are pleased to be leading in the development of youths through this medium. By having the youths exposed through competition it would help to develop them mentally and physically for the challenges at a higher level.”
Company Secretary of Continental Group of Companies Percival Boyce said that they were pleased to co-sponsor the tournament through its brand, ‘Sunburst Orange Juice’ stating that they recognize that development should be from the cradle up.
“ As you know we are the sponsors of Camptown Football Club and they have not come up with something for the youths and we saw this as an opportunity to do one of the things we’ve promised last year, that we will continue to work with the football fraternity to give whatever support we can to make sure growth is realized.
We will continue to work with development of football in Guyana and our concentration in most cases will be with the youth. We’re happy to work with Len’s Craft and would like to wish the organisers every success.”
Vice President of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Ivor Thompson commended the organisers for the initiative of putting together a youth competition that will see over 200 youths showcasing their talent as individuals and a team over the ensuing weeks.
While noting that his President (GFA), Lt. Cdr Vernon Burnett believes that the key to success is the role of all and not just the footballers, Thompson noted that parents should play a key role in this tournament, thus challenging the organisers to ensure that parents play a key role in the tournament.
“This tournament would be a pilot for the other tournaments to come, so we are looking forward for the conduct of the players, coaches, spectators to be of a high level. We have already spoken to the executive of all the teams involved and they are eager to be taking part. The GFA is very pleased to be associated with this tournament and we will continue to embrace the playing of youth development in Guyana.”
Prizes will be awarded to the first to fourth placed teams with the winner and runner-up teams collecting medals.
Individual awards will be presented to the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, player to score the most goals and the Best Goal Keeper.
Players and officials will be refreshed with Sunburst Orange Juice after every game throughout the competition while other snacks will also be given compliments of Len’s Craft Optical.
Wilson also informed that another sponsor (overseas) has indicated a willingness to make a contribution towards the successful hosting of the tournament which details are to be worked out.
The tournament will be run under the rules of the Georgetown Football Association.
They have also informed that the winning team will be visiting an orphanage – to be identified – as part of their social responsibility to interact with the inmates.
Aims and Objectives of the Len’s Craft Optical U-15 Youth Cup are;
• To promote, foster and develop in all its aspects the game of Club Football among Boys in Georgetown.
• To assist the mental, moral and physical development of boys through age-group competition.
• To encourage proper attitudes to the game and to promote the highest traditions of sportsmanship.
• To create and maintain the safest possible environment for children and young people to enjoy football.
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