Sep 28, 2021 Sports
Equipment handed over to sustain and develop sport
By Franklin Wilson
Kaieteur News – The Berbice Football Association (BFA) led by President Sherwin Forde on Sunday last at the All Saints Primary School Ground oversaw the launch of their Academy Training Center where dozens of players, male and female attended.
Attending the grand launch was Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde and Executive Member Dion Inniss along with New Amsterdam Mayor, Winifred Heywood and Officer in Charge of the New Amsterdam Prison, Udistair Holigan among other Officials.
The sun was out in all its glory and so were the young players who hailed from as far as Orealla, Corentyne, Rosignol, West Berbice and New Amsterdam.
GFF’s Wayne Forde in remarks after handing over equipment (Under the M-FAP Initiative) to President Sherwin Forde which would contribute to the smooth administering of the ATC and football in the Association, expressed thanks to the BFA for the remarkable job they have been doing to revive the game in the Ancient County led by its President.
He also expressed gratitude to Mayor Heywood and OC Holigan for making the time to attend the event noting that it is important partnerships of this nature that will contribute to the sustainable development of football.
“I know that football plays a very important role in the lives of the young people across this community and region if I may add. While we’ve had to scale back tremendously from our on field football activities over the past almost two years, we feel very confident that in the not so distant future we will be back to the pitch.”
The BFA President noted that Sunday’s activity was a small step in the direction of getting back to on field play but in order for that to be accelerated, care and respect must be exercised when it comes to the covid-19 pandemic.
“The Guyana Football Federation has taken the bold decision to encourage all of our members to be vaccinated. I would like to seize this opportunity to encourage all of Guyana to be vaccinated.”
Speaking on behalf of the Berbice community, Mayor Heywood said it was a true joy and privilege to be sharing and being a part of such a historic programme as it was the first of its kind in the Ancient County.
Mayor Heywood said she took time out from another event to attend Sunday afternoon’s activity especially because she is a lover of sports.
“This afternoon, I would want to congratulate the Guyana Football Federation and the Berbice Football Association on this initiative; I really appreciate and it is saying to me that football has a long, long way to go. I trust that these gifts that would have been given will be used the way it should be used for our kids.”
Mayor Heywood also encouraged the BFA to put in extra work on encouraging more girls in the sport, sharing that she was in Georgia recently and admired the amount of girls that were at a football event she attended.
BFA’s Forde conveyed his Associations’ thankfulness to the GFF, Mayor and Town Council and the New Amsterdam Prison for their sustained support over the years which augur well for the future development of the game and empowerment of the youths.
“To the young footballers, to the upcoming footballers, to the upcoming executives of clubs, let us take note that what is happening here today, it is just the start for things to come in the future. I can promise you that with this equipment here, we can only go forward and we will be going forward.”
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