October 7th 2016
As part of its affiliate development program the Castries Football Council (CFC) provided six (6) of its financially up to date affiliates with football gear and equipment and also handed over certificates to members who recently completed First Aid training during a short ceremony which took place at the conference room of the Ministry of Youth & Sports in the Blue Coral Mall Castries on Thursday 6th October.
The targeted affiliates all currently operate active youth programs as the CFC continues its emphasis on youth development. Chairman of the CFC Valdez James reiterated the Council’s position that a focus on youth development through the academy model provided affiliates with a greater chance for longevity and sustainability. He advised his affiliates to use the equipment to build on their programs because the expectation was that these young players who eventually represent Central Castries at the national level.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Ligorius Marquis, Youth and Sports officer for Central Castries. Mr. Marquis commended the CFC on its sustained efforts at youth development and encouraged the affiliates to ensure that the equipment and gear are used in organized and focused programs.
The cost of the gear and equipment was approximately seven thousand ($7,000.00 XCD). This is the third such disbursement of gear and equipment by the CFC to its affiliates with youth programs within the last four years.
During this ceremony the CFC also executed a hand over of certificates for participants of its recently concluded first responder First Aid course which was facilitated by the St. John’s Ambulance. Eight persons from among the CFC’s affiliates participated in the course and they are now expected to act as first responders for their clubs during club and CFC events.
At the same ceremony the CFC also announced the start of its 8th annual ECFH/Lucelec Youth Tournament. The later than usual start of the tournament was a strategic decision to accommodate the many players who travel during the summer period. This year’s tournament will include five age groups; Pee Wee or Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 21. This is the first time players under 10 will be participating in the tournament, the teams in this age group will play exhibition matches with no scores or results being recorded. All other age groups will be competitive.
The participating teams are Flow Lancers FC, FC Pioneers, Massy Stores Boboville, NYAH FC, Sunrisers FC, Valley Soccer Academy, VSADC and Big Players a specially invited team who will participate in the under 10.
The 2016 ECFH / Lucelec Youth Tournament kicks off on Saturday 8th October at the SAB Playing Facility from 9:00 am with an opening ceremony and match pass of teams. All matches will be played at the SAB Playing Facility on Saturdays and Sundays.