Gros Islet youth program ready for another year
The Gros Islet Youth Program which had a highly successful 2008 campaign, capped things off with a get-together Sunday afternoon on the Gros Islet Playing Field. In attendance were players, officials and parents who were all recognized for their contribution.
The event which recognized the achievements of the young footballers began on a sad note. A minute silence was observed for Joel Finisterre who died in car accident December 18 on the Beausejour Road. Finisterre played for the Northern United ‘B’ Side and was also a volunteer coach with the Gros Islet Youth Program. His funeral is today (Tuesday) 3pm, at the St Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in Gros Islet. The young footballers are required to assemble at the church at 2:30pm in order to attend the funeral.
The Gros Islet Youth program relies strictly on volunteers who contribute in a number of ways to its success. Assistance through local businesses and individuals here and abroad comes in the way of football, gear clothing, school books, money, etc. Manager of the Gros Islet Youth Program, Jennifer Gaston, assessed the past season. “It was a really good year for us. The number of participants increased from 20 to 50 which tells me the interest is growing.”
On the field of play the youngsters had a successful season. In a recent football competition staged by the Soccer Valley Academy, Gros Islet won the 15 and Under division and placed second in the 10 and under category. Gaston feels there are not enough tournaments for youngsters which she feels is the key for developing our young talent.
“Competitions work as an incentive for the youngsters to continue,” said Gaston. “Hopefully this year a few of us can come together and organize a tournament island-wide where all youngsters can participate.” Gaston is looking forward to 2009 and said there are big chances in store. For starters the program will include girls from the Gros Islet Primary School. There is also an invitation for youngsters in the program to play in Barbados and Martinique. The Gros Islet Youth Program which is free, takes place Saturday mornings on the Gros Islet Playing Field.