KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – At its 2017 National Football Awards Ceremony on Wednesday May 09, 2018, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, recognised the achievements of a number of outstanding players and administrators.
Kitanna Richards of Club Camdonia Chelsea and South Leeward League team, was voted the Youth Female Player of the Year; while Altica Benn of Volcanoes Club and the East Kingstown League team, was voted the Senior Female Player of the Year.
The Youth Male Player of the Year award went to Joel Quashie of Avenues United FC and Layou League team, with the Senior Men’s Player of the Year award going to Chavel Cunningham of Barrouallie League team and club BESCO Pastures.
Dwight Baptiste of Owia United Club and North Windward League team was voted the Coach of the Year 2017, while Avenues United FC and Central Kingstown League captured another award, this time the Manager of the Year award, which went to Marvin Fraser.
Additionally on the night, a number of teams were presented with their trophies won during competitions in the year under review.
In the National Community Inter-League, East Kingstown won the Under-11 Division, Layou the Under-16 Division, and the Under-18 Division was won by Central Kingstown.
The Women’s Division was won by East Kingstown, while the Men’s Division was won by Barrouallie.
System 3 won the Under -11, the Under -15 Division, and the Women’s Division in the 2017 National Club Championship, while the Under-19 and Premier Division titles were won by Avenues United FC.
North Leeward Predators won the First Division, while Awesome FC of Calliaqua won the first ever Futsal Club Championship.
During Wednesday’s presentations to the top three teams in each division, cash prizes totalling tens of thousands of dollars were distributed along with the various trophies won.
Speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony, president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation Venold Coombs, spoke of the many achievements by the Federation, the strides made and standards set in youth football development, assistance given to football players studying abroad, the increase in regional and international engagements, and the aim of the organisation to take the administration of the sport to improved levels.
It was a simple yet intimate setting in Conference Room 2 at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation’s headquarters, made possible by the Secretariat’s staff.
The Awards Ceremony was moderated by Janielle Browne the public relations officer and secretary of Avenues United FC, and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation General Secretary (acting) Devron E Poyer.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THW GRENADINES; WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2018 – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation have called in nine overseas based players to strengthen its national senior women squad, as the team prepares to participate in the CONCACAF Women World Cup qualifiers, scheduled for Antigua and Barbuda May 23 – 28, 2018.
These players have finished or are still at college in the U.S.A., and would bring an added dimension to the national squad.
The overseas based players are Annesta Richards, Chelsea Cordice, Geziel Wilson, Shadel Cyrus, Shian Perry, Teffie-Ann Browne, and Darianne Duncan, all of whom have already arrived on island, and have begun training with the local-base players.
The ninth player Kandice Franklyn, will join the squad in Antigua and Barbuda, upon arrival on Monday May 21, 2018.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been drawn in Group D of the CONCACAF Women World Cup qualifiers, which also includes Curacao, Saint Lucia, and hosts Antigua and Barbuda.
For round one, the hosts Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and Guyana were pre-seeded into position one in each of the Groups A, B, C, D and E respectively.
The other 18 participating member associations were ranked and divided into three groups of five and one group of three.
The final round of the Caribbean qualifying will be contested August 18-26, among the first stage group winners, while the top three finishers of the final round will qualify for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
The United States will host the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship October 4-17, 2018, which will crown a regional champion, and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental playoff.
2018 Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers Round One groups are in Group A the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Anguilla, and Aruba
Group B has Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Guadeloupe, with Group C consisting of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada, and Group E has Guyana, Bermuda, Barbados, and Suriname.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, MONDAY MAY 14, 2018 – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation launched on Saturday May 12, 2018, the CONCACAF Next Play Programme, with attendance by students from the participating schools.
Speaking of the pilot programme which was simultaneously launched in the five selected Caribbean territories, CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts said, “Our Concacaf Next Play program is guided by the Confederation’s aim to inspire the love for our game and provide children with access to more opportunities to play football across our 41 Member Associations.”
The CONCACAF Next Play Programme is a grassroots participation and mentoring program for children, implemented in six-week modules, which provides children the tools to learn the game of football, while fostering a wide range of the social values.
Next Play is executed in partnership with CONCACAF’S Member Associations, as well as local schools and governments.
According to Roberts, “Our aim is to deliver an official Football and Education School Program to be implemented in the public school system by engaging in meaningful and sustainable ways with local communities and using football as a tool for education and positive social change.”
The CONCACAF’s Director of Development further points out “Our point of contact is the local coordinator who works in tandem with the Technical Director, to ensure a successful execution of the program. All local coordinators are participants of the CONCACAF Train the Trainer program, which aims to develop coaching education instructors within our Member Associations.
“Additionally, chosen volunteers complete the CONCACAF E License qualification, and participate in appropriate capacitation courses hosted by CONCACAF, emphasizing the core principles of our brand, football, unity, quality and access.
“Through this program, we foster the social values of respect, inclusion, teamwork and integrity.”
On May 12, 2018, CONCACAF launched its six-week Next Play program in five Member Associations within the Caribbean, namely the Bahamas Football Association, Barbados Football Association, Jamaica Football Federation, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation.
It involved the identified four schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which are Georgetown Primary, Lowmans Anglican, Barroullie Government, and Kingstown Preparatory schools respectively.
Collaborating with Member Associations and Ministries of Sport and Education, affiliated schools with a physical education curriculum would implement the program through a point of contact for specific activities, led preferably by the Member Association’s Technical Director.
There are five principles governing the six-week programme.
Football: Football comes first! The game simplified by small sided games with no complicated rules, allowing the player more opportunities to touch the ball and score goals.
Fun: Creating an environment which brings joy and smiles to participants. Young players learn best in a player-centered and fun-filled environment free of pressure. The aim is to promote lifelong love and loyalty to the game.
Friendship: The building of lasting relationships through playing football, mutual respect for the game and each other. The program aims to provide participants with opportunities to develop the necessary tools to appreciate diversity and build bridges.
Fair play: The program provides an opportunity for children to play without discrimination, while developing social values such as respect for rules and each other, teamwork, drug-free participation, leadership, compassion and integrity.
Future: The game is an important vehicle for socio-economic change and should be maximized in this regard. The emphasis should be on laying a proper foundation for a positive future for the players, enabling them to take full advantage of the many opportunities that will arise from their involvement in the game.
It is important to note as Jason Roberts pointed out “The CONCACAF E License course not only prepares the volunteers to conduct age appropriate training sessions for the children but provides them with a series of practical on field recommendations on how to use the game to teach the social values of the program.
All volunteers also complete the mandatory CONCACAF Safeguarding Children in Sport workshop.”
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, MONDAY MAY 14, 2018 – There were convincing victories for BESCO Pastures FC, and Avenues United FC, on Saturday May 12, 2018 in National Division Two matches, both of which were played at the Layou Playing Field.
In the first game of the double-header, BESCO Pastures defeated Largo Heights FC 4-0; the half-time score was 1-nil in favour of BESCO from a Doravin Hendrickson 24th minute goal.
In the second half, J’Mario Fraser made it 2-nil in the 52nd, with the third and fourth goals scored by Dequan Springer in the 72nd, and Xavier Paul in the 75th minute, to give BESCO Pastures FC a 4-nil victory.
In the second clash in the afternoon’s action, Avenues United FC had their afternoon work stained when a penalty was given following a handled ball in the area, by one of their defenders in their game against Camdonia Chelsea.
Earlier Raheem Westfield sent Avenues ahead in the 6th minute, but Rayshean Warren equalised from the penalty spot for Camdonia in the 38th minute.
The teams went into the break with Avenues United enjoying a 2-1 lead after Delano John found the back of the Camdonia Chelsea nets in the 40th minute.
Following the resumption, Lasana Wilson struck in the 52nd and 54th minutes respectively for Avenues United, and although chances were there for the taking, their strikers was unable to finish the job.
Camdonia Chelsea had their opportunities, the most telling one was when the Avenues goalkeeper was beaten by an awkward bounce, but quick thinking by Joel Quashie averted disaster.
Quashie quickly ran back and neatly cleared the ball off the line, with his momentum carrying him into the nets where he remained entangle for a few seconds before being able to free himself.
Over at the Campden Park Playing Field on Saturday, Bequia United defeated North Leeward Predators 2-1.
For North Leeward Predators, Clem Westfield scored the equaliser in the 16th minute, following a Camal Bess 11th minute strike for Bequia, while Mark Brown scored the eventual winner for Bequia in the 55th minute.
On Sunday afternoon at the Sion Hill Playing Field, a brace by Aaron Collis in the 40th and 52nd minutes respectively, led Sion Hill FC to a 2-1 win over System 3.
System 3 goal was score by Kiname Dopwell in the 61st minute.
At the Chili Playing Field on Sunday afternoon May 13th 2018, Jebelle FC was enjoying a 2-goal lead over Hope International FC till the 20th minute, when their game plan began to unravel.
Bhaker Waith in the 3rd and Kedaeas Duncan in the 13th had given Jebelle the lead, but that was erased in the 20th minute by Enrique Millington, Nafer Berklay in the 28th, and Ralique in the 42nd minute.
The half time score was 3-1 and Kimarie May then put the game beyond salvage with Jebelle FC’s fourth in the 82nd minute; the final score 4-2 in favour of Hope International FC.
SV United FC defeated Pride and Joy FC 2-1 in the second game of the double-header on Sunday afternoon, also at the Chili Playing Field.
For SV United, the goals were scored by Alex Adams in the 23rd and 42nd minutes respectively, while Ameein John scored Pride and Joy’s lone goal in the 17th minute.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; Friday MAY 11, 2018 – Khalique Bowens save some blushes for North Leeward Predators when he tapped the ball past Layou FC custodian to equalised in the 53rd minute, when the two teams met at the Layou Playing Field on Thursday May 10, 2018 in a National Under-14 Club Championship Zone D match.
Hosts Layou FC held the visitors to a goalless first-half, with North Leeward Predators enjoying a slightly greater percentage of ball possession.
Though at a disadvantage against physically superior opponents, Layou FC players kept running, passing the ball, and not allowing their opponents too much space.
Their aggressiveness paid off when a players was fouled in the box, and from the spot, Kay John slammed the ball to the foot of the left upright, leaving he goalkeeper with no chance of a save.
Layou FC went ahead in the 50th minute, but a defensive blunder soon cost them, the Predators equalising in the 53rd.
Despite both teams mounting constant raids against their opponents’ goal, the defences held up, and the score remained locked at 1-1 when the final whistle blew.
In another National Under-14 Club Championship game, this time over at the Brighton Playing Field, K&R Strikers recorded another victory, this time over Pride and Joy FC.
Goals from Kemal Barbour in the 15th, Fitzron Cresse in the 20th, Jonte Francis in the 24th, and Jequan Adams in the 38th minute gave K&R Strikers a 4-nil victory, in a Zone B encounter.
Division Two matches this weekend
The National Club Division Two championship continues this weekend with six matches being played at four venues on Saturday 12, and Sunday 13th May, 2018.
At the Layou Playing Field on Saturday May 12, Largo Heights FC and BESCO Pastures FC will meet from 2:00 p.m., and following will be the Avenues United FC versus Camdonia Chelsea game at 4:00 p.m.
At the Campden Park Playing Field, at 1:30 p.m., North Leeward Predators and Bequia United will meet.
On Sunday May 13th System 3 and Sion Hill meet at the Brighton Playing Field at 3:00 p.m.
SV United versus Pride and Joy game is from 2:00 p.m. at the Chili Playing Field, followed by Jebelle FC and Hope International FC clash from 4:00 p.m. at the same venue.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; THURSDAY 11, 2018 – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will host the launching of the CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project this Saturday May 13, 2018 at the Campden Park Playing Field.
The event which commences at 10:00 a.m., and will conclude at 1:00 p.m., will see participation from twenty students from each of the four selected schools namely Kingstown Preparatory, Georgetown Primary, Lowmans Anglican, and Barrouallie Government schools respectively.
These students will participate in football drills as instructed by their coaches, who went through a two-day Train the Trainers Workshop April 12 – 13, 2018.
Saturday’s launch is one of five launching activities taking place simultaneously across five Caribbean islands, namely Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project is expected to further develop the coaches tasked with the job of training the students. During the April 12-13 two-day workshop, the teachers from the four schools were instructed that they must respect the physiological development of the students, and that it is not about winning, it is about development of the students in preparing them for life.
It was recognised that sport is a social tool, and the coaches must also get persons to look past the skills associated with the on-field aspects of the game.
As Jason Roberts stated at the Grassroots Meeting February 06, 2018, “This is about how we view football as a toll for social change.”
Local Coordinator Theron Gordon pointed out that “it is important how we use this programme, use sports to address trouble kids.”
The CONCACAF Grassroots Pilot Project will following Saturday’s launch, see students being coached on Mondays and Thursdays at the Kingstown Preparatory, Mondays and Wednesday at the Georgetown Primary, Mondays and Thursdays at the Lowman Anglican, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Barrouallie Primary.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS – Defending Premier League champions Flow 4G Cayon Rockets are the 2018 FA Cup champions, after they defeated SOL Island Auto Supplies Conaree F.C. on penalties in the finals played on Sunday May 06, 2018 at the Warner Park.
Both teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time and had to go to the dreaded penalty kicks to decide a winner.
Alex Charles opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Cayon, but Kadeen Lewis hit home the equalizer in the 45th minute. Both teams form that point on was unable to break down the others defense, and at the end of regulation and extra time, it was to the dreaded penalty shootout they went.
Scorning from the penalty spot for Conaree was Kadeen Lewis, and Orlando Mitcham, while finding he back of the net for Cayon were Kurt Morton, Carlos Bertie, Malik Hendrickson, and Joel Jeffers.
Captain of the FA Cup champions Adolphus Jones said the experience Cayon received during their recent participation in the Caribbean Club Shield tournament in the Dominican Republic, was key in their preparation ahead of the FA Cup semis and finals.
“It was team work and the guys played with a lot of heart. We really wanted it and we went for it and God bless us, we have it,” Jones said after the team received the trophy.
“I think the (Santo) Dominica trip really played a part in us matching together and having confidence in each other. We really had to play on a different level so coming back here it was easier; still hard but at least we have that togetherness; that oneness.”
As for coach of Conaree Alexis Morris, the loss is disappointing, but they will hold their heads high as they continue in the rest of the league.
“Unfortunately we were unable to get the go ahead goal in regulation time and the extra time and you saw what happened in the penalty situation. You don’t score, you don’t win,” Morris said.
He congratulated Cayon and said they are looking forward to the rest of the third round.
“Conaree is here and we definitely will be hunting for another piece of silverware…we are hoping to be at the end of the third round going for the Premier League Championship,” he added.
This is Cayon’s first and only title so far for the 2017/2018 football season. They now turn their attentions to the National Bank Premier League in a bid to defend their title, as back to back champions.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; MONDAY MAY 07, 2018 – This Wednesday May 09, 2018, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will host its 2017 National Football Awards at a Presentation Ceremony at the Federation’s headquarters, to commence at 5:30 p.m.
The awards will be presented to the top performing clubs in the various divisions of the 2017 National Community Inter-League, and the 2017 National Club Championships – Men and Women Divisions, respectively.
Additionally, the Zonal winners and the top performing clubs in the knock-out phase of the 2018 National Club Futsal Championships, will be presented with awards for their hard work.
Added to this, Certificates would be given out to participants who participated in, and completed the CONCACAF D-License Course held in March 2017.
However the evening’s focus will be on the individual awardees, with a number of male and female football players vying for the top prizes.
The nominees for the Youth Female Player of the Year Cavon Delpesche, Chelsea Cordice, and Kitanna Richards.
Nominees for the Youth Male Player of the Year are Trezine DeSouza, Joel Quashie, and Diel Spring.
Nominees for the Women Player of the Year are Jessica Miller, Roxanne Hannaway, and Altica Benn.
Nominees for the Male Player of the Year are Kemron Osment, Chavel Cunningham, and Myron Samuel.
Nominees for Coach of the Year are Dwight Baptiste, and Kenrick Chambers.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will make a special presentation to Avenues United FC, as they celebrate 50 years of existence as an organization.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation hosted a two-day Train the Coaches Workshop on April 12 and 13, 2018, to prepare teachers from the four chosen schools.
These schools are Georgetown Primary, Kingstown Preparatory, Lowmans Government, and Barrouallie Government. Twenty-five students from each school are expected to be part of the 100–student pilot phase schedule to begin May 12.
Speaking of the CONCACAF Grassroots Programme, CONCACAF Development Officer Lenny Lake said: “The programme represents football in schools. For many years we have been trying to find a way to get it right with grassroots and have attempts so many different models.
“I always believe that grassroots should be institutionalised and the end users, the teachers, the PE teachers, the persons that work every day for hours with the children, should be the one that is educated to run this programme.
The programme represents five words – the programme is about fun, the programme is about friendship, the programme is about football, the programme is about fair play, and the program is about future.”
Technical Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation Keith Ollivierre sees the CONCACAF Grassroots Programme as one where the Caribbean “can be competitive with our European partners, and our Central and North American partners.”
In addressing the island’s Ministry of Education, Ollivierre who is also a teacher stated “It’s an exciting day for football for the Football Federation and the Ministry of Education. What we are going to do I know that down the road the Ministry of Education is going to see the benefits and eventually incorporate football within the curriculum, or the teaching and learning environment within the schools.”
Venold Coombs is of the opinion that the aim of the participating teachers is to advance football not only in their particular local school or institution “but nationally, because what comes out from the school in an educational setting and a physical setting, the country will gain from it at the national level.”
Coombs who is the president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation pointed out “We have to be very dedicated. We have to show that level of seriousness and progression. Let us go from step to step and build.
“In a futuristic way we now have to mix natural ability with science and technology. That is why we are doing all that is necessary to equip our officials, and develop the human resource.”
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in a very select group of five countries for the initial phase of the project. These five countries are Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“After this programme have come to an end by CONCACAF, we in St. Vincent (and the Grenadines), the Federation and the Ministry; all of us must bind together to sustain this programme, keep it going. Together we have to spread it, strengthen it.”
These were the words of Nelson Hillocks, Director of Sports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ministry of Tourism, Sports, and Culture.
Hillocks added “I know that there are other proposals on the table and that we will not duplicate, but come up with one big national plan where we can spread football. We know the future lies with the grassroots, the future are the youths, and we know that we need the best coaches to start our junior programme.”
The Vincentian Director of Sports warned the coaches that “There are sacrifices to be made. We expect you to be punctual and on time and as coaches you will have to adapt to the safe stamp policies. Respect your students and these days we must be careful where child protection is concerned.”
The CONCACAF Development Officer further explained that the programme “is about fun, the programme is about friendship, the programme is about football, the programme is about fair play, and the future is about future.”
He went on to clarify that the teachers who took part in the April 12 – 13, 2018 workshop that “we want it to become a family, we want you to recognise that everything that you do is about the future of the game – the children, and to make sure that in the end that if they are not great footballers, they are great citizens.
“The programme has an arm to it that reaches out for social change, and how can you connect the game to change lives? Too many times we believe because they are playing football that there is no connection between what football gives to them and how they should live their lives.
“Football when it is played we share the ball we pass to each other so in it there is a social component that represents team work. But yet when a young player – girl or boy leaves the field there is no connection to his life about understanding that ‘I should be a good family member. I should be a good student. I should be a good community person’.
“We want to be able to take from the sessions those little values and begin to give them to young minds. And in the event they do not become footballers we have done our job to make them great citizens.
“That is our responsibility. That is the future.”
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; MONDAY MAY 07, 2018 –Clem Westfield wrote his name into the annals of top performers with a hat-trick as the 2018 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation / St. Vincent Brewery Second Division Football Championships kicked off with four matches at two venues on Sunday May 06, 2018.
The fifteen-year-old, playing for North Leeward Predators against Largo Heights at the Layou Playing Field, wrote his name into the record books with goals in the 56th, 78th, and 79th minutes respectively.
In fact had he been a bit more composed in front of goal, he would have been able to double his tally on that day.
Aided by Westfield, North Leeward Predators went home 5-nil winners with Darneil Browne in the 44th minute, and Gilmore Woods in the 46th, enable the Predators to take control of the game which saw the first half ending in a nil-nil stalemate.
Although Largo Heights had their fair share of scoring opportunities, the second half belong to the Predators, but lack of composure in front of goal cost their a wider victory margin.
In the afternoon’s other game, Avenues United FC will have to wait before their players are tested. This is because BESCO Pastures FC failed to turn up. When the game was officially called off at 4:45 p.m., there was not one player and or official from BESCO Pastures FC was present.
As per the international rules, Avenues United FC receives all three points along with a 3-0 victory margin.
Over at the Chili Playing Field, System 3 went ahead in the 21st minute courtesy an Aaron Collis goal in their Second Division match against Jebelle FC.
However Jebelle equalised in the 46th minute when Dwayne Cupid found the back of the old onion bag to make the score 1-1; a score line which remained till the final whistle and neither team was able to break down the other’s defence structure.
Sion Hill FC failed to appear for the game against SV United, as a result losing the game 0-3, and gifting SV United three points.