Mar 14, 2013 Sports
The Third Annual Scotiabank Football Academy is set to begin on March 23, simultaneously in Linden, Georgetown and Berbice.
Under the guidance of the Guyana Sports Development Foundation, 24 teams, both male and females born January 1, 1998 and after will commence the country’s largest school’s football programme.
Encompassing the different elements of the game, the programme saw some 40 teachers being trained in the capacity of coaches, while approximately 20 students were trained have completed the Referee Course with only Linden left to complete their phase in that area.
Scotiabank and the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) under their Pepsi soft drink brand have each plugged $1.9M into the initiative; by far the most money ever being placed in school’s football and rightfully so since it’s the largest school’s football programme in Guyana.
Meanwhile, according to a release from the organisers, a male and female will be played after the march pass and opening ceremony from 9:30 am. Matches will be played every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Coming out of last year’s programme, the GSDF had an all-star female team training continuously for approximately six months.
The team participated in a U-21 Female Football Competition and won over established teams from Berbice and West Demerara.
Previously a number of females coming out of this programme represented Guyana in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup U-17 Qualifiers with the Female National U-17 Team winning their group playoff in Guyana and going on to Jamaica for the next round.
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