ROSEAU, DOMINICA – The curtains came down on the 2016 NBD Primary Schools Football Championship on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

The final match of the season was played, the final goal scored. The championship was held over a four-month period and impacted over 800 students from 52 schools around Dominica.

The National Bank of Dominica Ltd (NBD) held an Awards Ceremony immediately after the final match where the winning schools were awarded with trophies and a cash donation, while the District Champions were each recognized with a medal.

The last teams standing were:

* St. Mary’s Primary School – Champion of the Primary Schools Boys Tournament,

* Woodford Hill Primary School – Champion of the Primary Schools Girls Tournament

* North East District – Champion of the Primary Schools District Tournament

Mr. Trevor Shillingford, Sports Co-coordinator in the Ministry of Sports emphasized the importance of the championship.

According to Shillingford, “The impact of this football championship cannot be overlooked for we are providing boys and girls in our sporting landscape with a new experience that is football. Football on a national scale will be better for these experiences.”

Shillingford then challenged the body ultimately responsible for the development of the sport on the Nature Isle. “I therefore take this opportunity to urge the Dominica Football Association to come onboard. Put structures in place in order to provide continuity of what has already started here.”

Sponsors are critical to the development of sports in any nation Dominica notwithstanding, and thanks was extended to the NBD, stating “not only did the Bank make available funding, but they were true partners in the execution of the Games in terms of logistical support and promotion.”

The National Bank of Dominica contributed $15,000.00 to the Championship, and the Bank has been supporting this initiative for the past seven years.

Mrs. Suzanne Piper, Executive Manager, Marketing and Product Management of NBD said that the Bank invests in various educational and developmental programmes geared towards the youth.

“Our hope for this initiative is that it will inspire our children to improve their skills in the sport of football and aspire to excel at the game, thus improving overall performance in football in Dominica, which will open up avenues for our young sportsmen and women to pursue their passion regionally and internationally.”

She applauded the efforts of the Sports Division and other stakeholders for successfully executing the 2016 Championship.

PHOTO -: Woodford Hill Primary School – Champion of the Primary Schools Girls Tournament