School-aged girls are more and more getting involved in the sport of football.
The girls’ involvement in the game which was once primarily dominated by the male sex has caught the attention of many including Managing Director of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, Keith Johnson.
The bank’s commitment to youth football in the country was underscored by Johnson while addressing the opening ceremony of the 2013 Right Start Cup Youth Football Tournament at the Fond Recreation Ground in St. Patrick’s last week Thursday.
The bank manager described as “special and exciting” this year’s tournament which runs until November 20.
He disclosed that the tournament, now into its tenth anniversary is receiving sponsorship to the tune of over $80,000.00.
According to Johnson, twenty thousand dollars of that money, including cash awards is allocated for prizes.
Republic Bank has pledged to once again provide each player with monetary incentives by matching the players’ initial deposits when opening a Right Start account.
Players with an existing account will benefit also when they make a deposit up to a maximum of $20.00.
Johnson noted that over the past decade, Republic Bank has invested almost $1M to assist the development of youth football in Grenada.
“Today the Right Start Cup remains the premiere sponsorship event of Republic Bank, and continues to be the primary pool of football talent at the national level, particularly where women’s football is concerned,” he said.
Youth and Sport Minister Emmalin Pierre who declared the tournament open applauded the investment that Republic Bank is making in the lives of the young people through football.
Minister Pierre said what the bank is doing cannot be seen in isolation.
The Senior Government Minister encouraged the young footballers to exercise excellence in all that they do and to take the competition seriously.
She said the Right Start Cup Youth Football Tournament is an example of why excellence must always be considered an important ingredient.
The Youth and Sport Minister believes the competition will help to provide the tools for life for the participants.
“On the field you are going to learn discipline, on the field you’re going to learn self-respect, on the field you are going to learn how to respect each other,” she said.