Mamma D’s Football League kicks off
MP set sights on country’s top league
THE inaugural Mamma D's South Trelawny Community Football league is not yet a week old, but already Member of Parliament for the area Marissa 'Mamma D' Dalrymple Philibert has set her sights on a team from the constituency participating in the country's top football competition — the National Premier League.
Consequently, she has mandated Barrington Dixon, co-ordinator of the community league, which kicked off in Troy last Saturday with a dress parade, to scout for the best players during the 10-week-long competition.
"Mr Dixon, I am asking you to select for me a team that represents south Trelawny at the end of this competition, (one) that I can groom and support and put out there to beat all the Humble Lion teams and all the teams across this country," said Dalrymple Philibert during the dress parade ceremony.
She was quick to point out, however, that the competition- the staging of which she has partnered with the Social Development Commission (SDC)- is not only about the parading and development of soccer skills, but also for the inculcation of principles.
"I am not just picking players who only play well, but (I want players) who are committed to the game, who understand what it is to respect each other, who understand that the referee's word is final and who understand discipline. If the match is to start at 2:00 pm and you are late, then you are out. And the team members who behave badly, they could play like Pele, I don't want them," she stressed.
"So I am asking you (Dixon) as the competition goes on... I am asking you to select the south Trelawny team from all over these teams so that we can look forward to getting sponsorship to work with the young people here in south Trelawny. That is my dream."
Meanwhile, Paula Barrett, Parish Manager, Social Development Commission, challenged each of the 12 teams participating in the competition to identify, and to complete a community project before the completion of the league.
She promised that the SDC would assist with the funding and execution of the projects selected.
"SDC will assist with raising funds for the project and getting volunteers on the day when you are implementing the project. So it is not just about the game of football, but while you play we encourage you to do your best," Barrett challenged.
In the meantime, Dalrymple Philibert, who emphasised that the community league is non-political, argued that "sport is one of the greatest unifying forces in the world."
"I am looking for a wonderful competition that unites all of us. This competition does not belong to the PNP, to the Labour (JLP), to anybody. It belongs to all of us here in south Trelawny. I want to see you all playing together," she urged.