It will be eight weeks of football action as the Pure Grenada Cup kicks off on March 17 with participating teams from all seven parishes.
The Pure Grenada Cup which was launched recently at the head office of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) at Queen’s Park, St. George, will see eight teams competing in friendly rivalry to be afforded the opportunity to represent Grenada in the Concacaf Nations Shield.
St. David’s Top Strikers, St. Patrick Crown City Strikers, National U20 Young Gunners, St. Andrew Big Parish Stars, St. John Dolphins, St. George Royal Cannons, St. Mark Western Stars, and Carriacou and Petite Martinique Stingrays will together showcase the nation’s top 200 players in 35 matches vying for the title of the Pure Grenada Cup.
In addressing patrons at the launch, Chairman of the Pure Grenada Cup Local Organising Committee, Alvin Clouden said that the tournament has the potential to change the way football is organised and played in Grenada.
“The Pure Grenada Cup has the potential to move Grenada from its current FIFA ranking of 159 in the world to a double digit within the next five years, through the assistance of the Technical Director, Vin Blaine…”, he said.
“Our seven member LOC together with the support staff of the Secretariat under the Leadership of General Secretary Ken Martin Whiteman is determined to make this tournament not just a success but an event where international scouts will be coming to secure players”, he added.
GFA President, Cheney Joseph expressed the hope that collaboration with government and the local FA can move football to higher levels in Grenada.
“We continue to work closely with the government on developing a brand that can be promoted internationally using football and the Pure Grenada Cup as the attraction.”
“We intend to press forward in negotiating for the tournament to be placed on the Grenada Tourism Authority Website and featured as an annual event to attract scouts wanting to see our youth players…”
“We know that the government through the National lottery is very supportive of Sports and Culture and nation building, therefore, we believe football should be considered a major vehicle to transform lives.”
“We are convinced in our deliberations that if discussions can commence with the policy makers, as well as corporate partners and the GFA to turn the tournament into a professional league, football in Grenada can change forever in a positive direction.”
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Kevin Andall, Grenada football is evolving as the Pure Grenada Cup symbolises a number of things for the Pure Grenada Cup.
“The Pure Grenada Cup brand is an excellent method of increasing brand awareness for you. Associating your product and services with the Pure Grenada Brand will indeed reap huge benefits. The competition offers continuous opportunities for you. The football fan base in every parish is a ready database to target”, he said.
The tournament will end on May 5 and will see the Champion receiving $20,000, the runner-up, $10,000, and third place $5,000.
The prize for the Semi Finalist will be $5000, Best Goalkeeper, Best Midfielder, Best Strikers and Coach of the Tournament will receive the prize of $1000, while the Most Valuable Player (MVP) will receive a scooter.