High hopes as JFF kicks off Welfare Programme in St Ann

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Jamaica's football enthusiasts are expected to be treated to an enticing triple-header at a fund-raising football extravaganza hosted by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) at Drax Hall complex in St Ann today.

The triple-header, which will see past and present stars on show, along with members of the historic World Cup-bound Reggae Girlz team, will also act as launch for the JFF's Welfare Programme.

Kick off time is 3:00 pm, with the entry fee being $500.

The Senior Reggae Girlz will get the show under way against a Women's Premier League All-Star team, before a President's Select team square off against a Media Select Team at 5:00 pm.

Meanwhile, the National Under-23 Olympic Reggae Boyz squad will do battle against a Mount Pleasant All-Star team in the feature clash scheduled for 7:30 pm.

JFF president Michael Ricketts explained that the initiative is to raise funds for the Welfare Programme which is being set up to aid past national players, who have fallen on hard times.

“A number of them would have had mental and physical challenges and they have been unnoticed so far and this JFF administration wants to reach out to some of these unfortunate former players.

“So we have these fundraising games to launch our Welfare Programme and we do hope that in 2019 it would have gotten some traction and we would be in a position to make some changes and a difference in the lives of some of those who have represented this country with great distinction,” Ricketts told the Jamaica Observer.

As such, the president urged all Jamaicans to come out and support the country's football veterans, as well as to witness the Reggae Girlz and Olympic squad in this exercise for charity.

JFF general secretary Dalton Wint pointed out that along with the Welfare Programme, the football body is also seeking to launch its Hall of Fame.

“We are expecting Jamaica to come out and support our less fortunate past players, who have contributed so much to the sport because it is for a worthy cause, it is something that the president wants to happen and wants to be an annual event.

“This is our way of giving back to them and we want also to start a Hall of Fame and these are the kind of platforms we want to use to finance this sort of a gesture. So we are hoping that Jamaicans not only on the western side of the country, but all Jamaicans will come out and support this venture in giving back to the people who have given so much joy to the country,” said Wint.

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