Much to celebrate!
Daley says St James FA has a solid foundation to build on
BOGUE, St James — PRESIDENT of the St James Football Association Gregory Daley says the standard of the game in the parish is improving "from the grass roots level up," adding that there is much to celebrate.
Between Montego Bay United ending a near two decade trophy drought by winning the Red Stripe Premier League last month, and St James being declared the national grass roots champions last weekend, Daley, who is in his second year of a two-year term boasted at Tuesday evening's awards ceremony, for the Sandals/ATL/Honda Senior League at the ATL showroom in Bogue, that they have a solid foundation on which to build.
While praising the involvement of the Sandals hotel chain which also sponsors the parish's Under-17 and Under-20 competitions and the grass roots programme, Daley listed some of the achievements under his watch.
"We have much to be proud of in St James. We have the top grass roots (football) programme in the country, we have the top girls' Under-15 team in the region and in the top four nationally and Montego Bay United are the Premier League champions," he told the gathering.
He added that the success is not just among the players, but also those who will guide them as well, noting that 15 coaches from the parish were recently successful in the Advanced Level Two course held in Montego Bay, while another 35 are to sit the Advanced Level One soon.
Later this year, Montego Bay will host two major international competitions, the senior men's team in the Caribbean Cup, as well as the Under-20 girls' CONCACAF finals. Both of these, Daley emphasised, were the result of "lobbying efforts and being in good standing with the Jamaica Football Federation".
Meanwhile, Senior League champions Violet Kickers were the toast of the evening, as they were presented with their championship trophy and medals, as well as winners' cheque. Violet Kickers had beaten Reggae Youths in the final played three weeks ago.
Andrew Walker of Violet Kickers was named the competition's Most Valuable Player, while Reggae Youths' Javian Bailey took the award for scoring the most goals in the season, finishing with 17.