Twenty three secondary school football teams are participating in the 2016 Republic Bank Right Start Cup Youth football Tournament, which commenced last week Thursday at the newly rebuilt national Athletics and Football Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s.
Mac Donald College (MDC) is defending in the Senior Men’s U21 tournament while the young footballers from St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) are the defending champions in the Divisional Championship U-15 Boys League and Happy Hill Secondary School (HHSS) is looking for a third consecutive win this year in the Girls League.
For the thirteenth year, Republic Bank Grenada Ltd has committed sponsorship for the football tournament, which was the brainchild of the Ministry of Sports.
The bank has given approximately EC$1M towards the tournament over the years and this year alone the amount given in sponsorship is around EC$80, 000.
Manager of Retail Services at the Grenville Cluster of Republic Bank, Devon Thornhill told the players that over $24, 000 are on offer to be won in cash and prizes in the tournament.
“Each team has an equal opportunity and I encourage you to give it your best shot…play hard but play fairly,” he said.
The tournament, which is expected to end on November 25, provides a platform for the youngsters to showcase their football skills and talents and is an avenue for them to benefit from football scholarships and represent the country at the national level in football.
Sports Minster, Roland Bhola declared the tournament open in the presence of Director of the bank, Leon Charles and Hermilyn Charles, Manager Business Support Services, Republic Bank.
The highlight at the opening of the tournament was an exhibition match played between a Republic Bank 11 and MDC, which resulted in a 2-2 tie.
The tournament officially kicked off with the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) taking on Boca Secondary School (BSC) in the Under 21 Boys (Zone 1), which resulted in a 3-3 tie.
Bishop’s College also played J.W. Fletcher Memorial in the Under 15 Boys (Zone 5), resulting in another tie, 2-2.
The results are not available for the other games that have already been played in the tournament.