After football glory, then what?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
As the Manning and daCosta cup seasons come to an end, the power and the glory of schoolboy football take a different turn. Jamaica College should be congratulated for winning and St George's College for making the final. New heroes are born and others move on to hopefully greater heights.
However, I have a growing concern for what happens after this time when coaches and old boys and sponsors and hopefuls rejoice.
Are the players across the island being given the tools to do as well as they can academically? How many will get scholarships or jobs in Jamaica or overseas? It is time for us to pay much greater attention to the welfare of these youngsters who have given their all to this game of football.
Is this a time to review the National Premier League system? What of the role of the national and parish bodies? We have seen how football has helped to build bridges in warring communities and has helped to develop new kinds of community spirit.
FIFA is going through a game-changing period when the ethical dilemmas of developing and managing a billion-dollar industry have to be addressed. Our own JFF has to be reformed, too, as there are too many things going wrong. We also have to look at women's football in Jamaica, as this is not getting the necessary support and sponsorship.