– Teachers express gratitude to Nestle Milo
By Rawle Welch
Today’s final of the Nestle Milo Under-20 Schools Football Competition between Dolphin and Chase Academy needed no additional hype, but the sponsor and Organiser Petra Organisation took nothing for granted and arranged a briefing between the caretakers of the two finalists and their captains in the Boardroom of Beepat’s Ltd yesterday.
The briefing, held to get a feedback about the teams preparations ahead of the impending showdown, had in attendance Nestle representative Renita Sital, Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca, Chase Academy teacher Henry Chase, Dolphin teacher Joel Porter and Captains Kareem Knights (Chase Academy) and Shawn Mohamed.
Sital, who gave the opening remarks revealed the Company’s joy at the talent that is on display this year, adding that the entire running of the tournament has shown significant improvement all-round.
Another heartening aspect of this year’s tournament according to Sital was the fact that many parents, guardians and fans responded to her plea to come out and support their children and the players.
Sital urged the teams to exceed their semi-final performances and give 100% during the game.
Mendonca in his presentation assured all that all systems are in place for a rivetting conclusion to a tournament that has made its mark in terms of developing the future generation of players to the national grid, while it also served to inculcate discipline among the schools.
He too echoed the sentiment expressed by Sital calling on the players to display 100% commitment to today’s final, adding that he believes all the parties involved are rearing and ready to put on a good show for the fans.
“I think we’ve had a very good tournament to date, despite a few hiccups which saw three schools being expelled for infringing the rules, but we’ll learn and come back even stronger next year. It was another good learning experience for us and you can be assured that come next year we will certainly eliminate those issues,” Mendonca stated.
He said in reflecting on the tournament over the past three years, it has definitely made strides and in collaboration with the sponsor they will continue to help develop young people.
Chase in his address said he was delighted that his school has reached the final informing that it was no easy task, but one that needed a lot of planning and financing.
“I don’t think that the society realises that this tournament is more than just football it is actually giving a lot of them another opportunity to attend school after passing the age of eligibility to remain in the public system,” Chase said.
He spoke of dropouts being able to return to an academic institution and have another chance to realise their dreams.
Chase added that he is delighted that the tournament is happening; pointing out that it is helping to instill discipline among the youths and also reconditioning to be better citizens in the society.
He also recognised the huge effort that Nestle Milo is making and called on other members of the corporate community to come on board and assist the youths.
Porter too expressed delight at his team’s performance to date and credited their tireless work during preparations for their final berth.
He noted that very often they are singled out as unworthy, but pointed to their dedication to the task as ample evidence that if given the opportunity how productive they could be.
Porter said today’s game is the right platform for them to dispel the notion of their unworthiness and go on the field and show all and sundry that they are capable of being high achievers if presented with the chance.
He extended gratitude to Nestle Milo for having the foresight and fortitude to put their money into such a tournament.
Both captains exuded confidence, but also agreed that it will be a tough encounter worth watching.
The third place playoff between former champ Lodge and Morgan Learning Centre starts at 17:00 hrs.
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