Jan 19, 2016 Sports
-Thirty-two teams to vie for top honours
The exciting Milo Under-20 Schools Football Competition, which is in its fourth year, was launched yesterday, during a simple ceremony that was conducted, at the Beepat’s Establishment in Sophia.
Among those in attendance at the occasion were Nestle Caribbean Development Manager Sudesh Mahase, Petra Organisation Director Troy Mendonca, Guyana Football Federation 3rd Vice-President Thandi McAllister, Ministry of Education representative Nicholas Fraser and Milo’s representative Renita Sital.
Mahase speaking at the Launch told the gathering of the Company’s delight to be on board once again, adding that Nestle Milo is looking at the tournament as a perfect alignment for its brand.
He added that from all reports, the programme has gone well over the past three years and while it is a sizeable investment it is money well spent.
Mahase thanked the Petra Organisation for once again inviting them to be on board and applauded the Organisers for maintaining the high standard that they had set from the inception of the tournament.
McAllister in her remarks said it was indeed a pleasure for the GFF to grant its approval for the tournament to be staged and is extremely grateful to the Petra Organisation for assisting in the further development of the sport here.
According to her, the tournament provides irrefutable evidence of the Organisation’s seriousness in promoting the development of the game, adding that the combination of sports and academics is exactly what the GFF is hoping that could evolve during this competition and in the future.
The GFF official extended hearty congratulations to the thirty-two participating teams and urged them to not only use the platform to showcase their on-field skills, but to also enhance their skills in the classroom as well.
Fraser said giving approval to the Petra Organisation has become very easy due to their track record of staging projects that usually seek to uplift the personal and wider development of young individuals.
“We understand the importance of initiatives such as these (Milo Tournament) and usually we have no hesitation in offering our support,” Fraser stated.
The Education official urged all other Organisers to use the stakeholders’ approach a mechanism that Petra Organisation has employed to their advantage.
Commenting on the tournament, Fraser noted that its benefit does not only serve the players, but the school as well, citing the acquisition of an IT Lab as an example of a winning school profiting from the success of its players.
Mendonca in his presentation welcomed all, before speaking about the genesis of the tournament which he said was borne out of the recognition of the poor standard that typified football in Georgetown, especially at the junior level.
He said that from the onset they had set themselves certain goals and according to him last year’s competition has to be considered as the best to date.
The Petra official pointed to the development of players which has seen many of them assume starting positions in their respective clubs following participation in the Milo competition.
Mendonca also recognised the huge effort that Milo is making to maintain sponsorship of the programme in spite of underperformance of the economy.
He also recognised the important support of the Ministry of Education and the Public Health Ministry, two entities whose involvement to the programme.
The tournament which will be run on a round robin basis with the teams divided into groups will commence on January 23 and run until March 17.
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