Five for Barcelona one-month camp

As Milo/KSAFA Under-13 competition launched

Observer writer

Monday, July 16, 2018

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The 2018 Milo/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-13 football competition will provide another opportunity for five juveniles to be selected for a one-month training camp at Barcelona Football Club's training ground in Catalunya, Spain, at the end of September.

This year's competition is sponsored to the tune of $8 million, including $2 million in cash and the rest for the execution of the tournament — which runs from this Saturday through to mid-September — as well as expenses for the trip to Spain.

The one day tournament will be held at the Football Factory at the end of the preliminary stage of the competition at the end of August and will involve 16 teams — 12 from KSAFA, one from St Catherine, Mount Pleasant Academy and two from St James. From there five players will be selected for the camp in Spain.

KSAFA President Wayne Shaw, in making the announcement last Friday, said: “If we were watching Jamaica playing World Cup football in this tournament as a footballing nation, there would have been more enjoyment. Hence the emphasis on looking to build our football from the earliest stages is paramount. We have to make a change in our approach to development. We thank Milo for the sponsorship, and if we were to do the right things well we will get there. But we have to provide the youth with the necessary means to take football to its highest levels.

“The furthering of this comes from our clubs that are based mainly in the inner-city communities throughout the Corporate Area, and the competition is designed to provide healthy recreation and a fostering of the flowering of the foundation for the wholesome community character development for our young players, especially during the summer months while they are on holidays.

“Each of our 33 active clubs maintain a squad of at least 30 players at each age group level who are exposed to training in basic footballing skill development and are provided with mentorship through club leadership,” Shaw disclosed.

In announcing Milo's continued participation in helping to develop and provide international exposure among Jamaica's talented footballers, the company's Consumer Marketing Manager Chris-Anthony Salter explained why his company has returned to the fold of nation building through sport.

“Be it competitive sport, physical activity or play in its simplest form, sport historically played an important role as a catalyst of nation development. Jamaica's abundance of natural talent and our investment in sporting programmes has us repeating international recognition and a heightened sense of Jamaican pride. For the second year running, Nestle Milo, the energy food drink of champions, is proud to be fuelling one of these programmes — the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Under-13 and Under-15 football competitions, which embody the best values of sports while upholding the quality and integrity of the sporting experience. In keeping with our brand essence of nourishing ambitions we have continued our Nestlé One Day Under-13 football Tournament.”

The competition's structure for the Under-13 teams is to play games in midweek and at weekends. The participating clubs will be assigned to play their matches in four geographical zones to minimise the cost of travelling and transportation.

The competition is scheduled to begin on Saturday with the full fixture to be announced at a later date. The winner of the competition will advance to the parish play-off and the winner will represent Jamaica in the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Under-13 Championship in Mexico in August.

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