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Jan 17, 2014

The winners of the National Primary School Football Championships

Junior female and male ballers converged on the MCC grounds today to kick off the national school football championships. Before the start of the one day competition, the students heard words of advice from a female national team player to trust in God, pursue their education and stay in the game.  With that the games kicked off. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Twelve teams, both male and female, today gathered at the MCC Grounds to compete in the 2014 National Primary School Football Championships. The teams are the best from the respective districts that have developed the skills and the techniques to capture the title as national champs.

 

Kaya Cattouse

Kaya Cattouse, Sports Coordinator, National Sports Council

“In each of the districts they had their own tournament or elimination and so it is the best male and the best female team from each district represented today. The basic rules are that you have to be attending the school that has won and you can’t turn fifteen before the school year which is June of this year. We also ask that the students are passing for them to play and they have to have school attendance of eighty percent.  Sports is a vital part of our lives. And going just to school and studying sometimes just doesn’t cut it. Playing a sport really helps you to—I’d say it is two-fold.”

 

Belize Female National Team Player, Melanie Tasher Bryant, gave the main address this morning. She shared three principles in being a successful football athlete.

 

Melanie Tasher Bryant

Melanie Tasher Bryant, Guest Speaker

“I challenge you with these three principles that will make our beautiful jewel by the Caribbean Sea a better place for us all to live. My three principles are: first, trust in god, pursue your education and stay in the game. I am confident that these three points will assist you to reach your highest expectations and dreams as you aspire to be a productive citizen.”

 

Each contingent consists of fifteen players, one coach, an assistant coach and a manager. The U-fifteen teams then got into competition mode and it was down to the semi-finals this afternoon, Sports Coordinator, Kaya Cattouse, gave us an update on the progress and spoke of the lessons of the sport.

 

Kaya Cattouse

“What we really try to give the kids is we try to teach them fair play, discipline; respect—respect not only for their coaches and teammates, their opponents, the referees, but also for themselves—discipline. All of this the teachers can use to their advantage and have better students in the classroom. So it is not only out here on the field. Right now the second semi-final game is being played between Copper Bank from Corozal and Trial Farm from Orange Walk. They played in their preliminary round and they qualified to the second round so these are some of the better for the country.”

 

Duane Moody

“Who is it that you are riding with thinking that is going to win the competition?”

 

Kaya Cattouse

“As a sports coordinator, I don’t ride with any team. I support all the teams and I wish all of them well. But we have Santa Elena Primary School from Cayo that has already qualified for the championship match and it will be between Trial Farm and Copper Bank to compete against them.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

For the males, first place was captured by Trial Farm RC School from the Orange Walk District…Santa Elena RC School from Cayo placed second with Copper Bank, Corozal taking third place. In the female competition: Richard Quinn Primary from Stann Creek took first place, while Santa Elena Primary School was second and third was San Pedro R.C. from la Isla Bonita. 

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