By E. Glenford Prescott
Clubs, teams and individuals who excelled during the domestic football season and at the national level are expected to be rewarded today (Friday) July 17th 2015 at Frenches House, when the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) holds its awards and prize-giving ceremony under the theme “Rewarding Excellence”.
President Venold Coombs said “thousands upon thousands of dollars will be paid out to footballers”.
‘This executive is not only serious about football with words. We are showing it by action and deeds we are here for the development of the sport not to be a parasite on the backs of players.
“Our goal is to make sure that the lives of those who play football are improved substantially and we are doing so by rewarding them not only with trophies and medals but with cash so that they can buy a tonic and take care of a little bill here and there”.
Coombs said that the success of the various national teams and those in the Community Inter-league and Club championships must be recognised with tangible rewards and he is making sure that happens.
The president said that football in SVG has been impacted positively at every level, with seniors, juniors, males females and grassroots all getting plenty of attention.
“Our objective is to move football along at all levels and next week we will hold yet another grassroots course to give our coaches a chance to get involved in organised coaching because there is big money to be made in coaching and officiating, same like what is being made by the players. So it is important that coaches move to improve themselves”.
He said that from this course the coaches will be given the opportunity to step up to other courses towards the recently introduced D License Course now being offered by the CONCACAF.
The ceremony will hear addresses from the president with former national athlete and top sports administrator, Dr. Lennox Adams being down to do the feature address.
Among the most anticipated awards will be: Youth Footballer of the Year; Female Footballer of the Year and Senior Footballer of the Year.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to be attended by area representative and Leader of the Opposition Arhnim Eustace and Sports Minister Cecil “Ces” McKie among others.