Vaz launches 20-20 Prep Schools football tournament

September 23rd, 2010

GraceKennedy's senior branch manager David Reid (right) presents a sponsorship cheque for $250,000 to principal of Vaz Prep, Beverley Ulett (left), at the GraceKennedy Multifunction Room yesterday. Wolde Harris (second right) of organisers Jamaica Grass Root Football looks on. (Photo: Jermaine Barnaby)

THE Inaugural Vaz Prep pre-season 20-20 football tournament was officially launched yesterday at GraceKennedy Limited in Kingston.

The competition, which is the brainchild of former national footballer and Vaz prep student Wolde Harris and his Jamaica Grass Root Football organisation, will be held in conjunction with the Jamaica Independence Schools Association (JISA), Vaz Prep and title sponsors Grace.

The event is set to take place this Saturday at Lucas Sports Club, Preston Road, starting at 8:00 am.

Harris said this is the first in a series of projects for his fledgling outfit, which is aimed at developing youth football at all levels across the island.

“We want to create a multi-facet aspect that will provide a solid foundation for physical, technical, tactical and most importantly, psychological development of young footballers,” Harris told the gathering.

“… We hope to expose youth football as a viable industry… by boosting and organising events that will both educate and develop the youngsters while promoting the game,” he added.

The former striker noted that the Prep schools football Ccompetition, the Alberga Cup, only lasts six weeks, while the Henriques Cup Knock-out that runs alongside the former runs for a week-and-a-half.

“As you can imagine, there’s hardly enough time for coaches to go back to practise and make sure they’re doing the correct things.

“That is not enough time to develop 12-year-olds and give them the requisite skills, and we want to facilitate this development with more games for the players and more time for the coaches,” Harris explained.

Twelve teams have been invited to the tournament and will be divided into three groups of four, with the top three and the best second-placed team advancing to the final four.

There will be sectional prizes for each game, plus awards for the tournament’s MVP, best goalkeeper and topscorer.

The champion team will win trophies and medals, while the runners-up and third-placed teams will take home medals.

Each team will be allowed to register 20 players, who must all be elligible for next season’s Alberga Cup.

Meanwhile, David Reid, Grace’s senior branch manager, said youth development is always dear to his company’s heart and this venture was another chance to epitomise support for youth sport.

Source:Jamaica Observer

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