CASSMAN Williams, the head coach of Trelawny Women's football team -- the sole participant from western Jamaica in the Women's Premier League- is appealing for financial support from the private sector in the parish, in a bid to continue the programme.
"We have been trying to get the business community to come on board and assist us in any way they can. Over the years we have been getting assistance from the Texaco service station and the Best Care pharmacy. But this year we have been struggling," Williams lamented, adding that some senior members of the team and the coaching staff are saddled with the responsibility of financing the team.
Williams noted that the shortage of funding negatively impacts the provision of transportation and food for the team on match days.
But, despite their financial woes, the Trelawny Women narrowly missed a berth in the recent mid-season finals of the competition.
They finished their zone on eight points, the same as GC Foster and Waterhouse; but GC Foster qualified with the best goal average.
Williams noted that the concentration and fitness levels of his charges are worrying, arguing that it is as a result of the lack of financial resources to conduct regular training.
"It's really rough. Some girls journey from as far as St Ann so we can't have training as regularly as we should. If we get financial help we can have regular training and the girls can step up to the level," Williams explained.
But the experienced coach believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for the team, which has earned a quarter-final spot in the knock-out competition.
"Whether it be the knock-out or the league itself, we are determined to win something this season," an optimistic Williams expressed.
"We might not have players as talented as former years, but I welcome the commitment from this batch of players, including youngsters who have joined some of the more seasoned players".
Coach Cassman Williams (left) gives a
pep talk to players after a training
session at the Elleston Wakeland Sports
Complex on Monday.
Members of the Trelawny Women’s football team.
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