The finals of the 2015 Republic Bank RightStart Cup Youth Football Tournament took place at the National Cricket Stadium, on November 18.
Thousands of supporters were at the stadium to cheer on the young avid footballers who competed for the first place trophies in their respective categories.
In the boys’ Under 15 category, St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary emerged successful with a 4-1 win over St. Mark’s Secondary.
Also claiming a 4-1 success were the girls of Happy Hill Secondary who claimed the Girls’ Open title over Mac Donald College, and the champions in the Boys’ Under 21 category were the footballers from Mac Donald College who succeeded in a 2-0 victory over St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary.
The Bank congratulates the teams on a well-played tournament.
During this year’s tournament, it was reported that a couple of schools voiced concerns with the matches, citing unfair play and one school threatening legal action.
As the sponsor of the tournament, the Bank is disappointed over this development and has taken these concerns seriously.
We will ensure that the tournament organisers look into these concerns, as is customary for situations of this nature, with a view to ensuring that fairness not only continues to prevail at future tournaments, but is also seen to be so.
Republic Bank does not support unfair or underhanded proceedings in any of its events or operations. It has always strived to ensure that honesty and fairness hold a clear and pervading place in every one of its activities and the Republic Bank RightStart Cup Youth Football Tournament is no different. The rules and regulations of every RightStart Cup, follow international best practice.
Republic Bank has proudly supported youth football, group-wide, for over 20 years, and in Grenada for 12 years.
The Bank’s support stems from its focus on building successful societies, through its Power to Make a Difference programme, which promotes youth empowerment through various avenues, with sport being one of its longstanding fields.
The RightStart Cup is one of the most highly anticipated events on not only the Bank’s calendar but also on that of the island, for many reasons, one of which is the fact that secondary schools football is the backbone of Grenada’s national team’s development, exposing talent and potential in hundreds of young people.
It also instills in the young players an understanding of fairness and sportsmanship.