LIME Super Cup tour goes to JC
Telecommunications firm, LIME, kick-started the journey to the inaugural LIME Super Cup competition with an eight-school Super Cup Trophy Tour which began at the Old Hope Road-based Jamaica College (JC) on Monday.
Like the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour which visited the National Arena last October, a sea of dark blue descended on the JC auditorium to get a glimpse of the glistening crystal trophy, which made its school debut at the home of the defending Manning Cup champions.
Speaking at the event, Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing, hailed the school for its outstanding performance in schoolboy football competitions over the years.
"It's not a coincidence that Jamaica College was chosen to get a look at the LIME Super Cup first," Redwood said.
"We are also very honoured and excited to be able to provide a platform such as the LIME Super Cup competition that will see the best teams from each region going head to head," Redwood said.
JC's principal, Ruel Reid, expects that the new challenge posed by the LIME Super Cup will bring a wave of excitement when it starts on October 18.
"Having a play-off between the urban and the rural schools will create a lot of excitement," Reid opined. "Last year was a very exciting season, and now we have a lot more persons showing interest in schoolboy football."
Having won the Manning Cup on more than 25 occasions, school coach, Miguel Coley, said it would be great for his team to grab a hold of the new trophy first.
"It's representing a great brand across the Caribbean and the money is a great incentive too," offered Coley, who is also the assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz. "Jamaica College prides itself in being the best, and what better way to go than to win the LIME Super Cup," Coley said.
All qualifying teams will receive $25,000, and the quarter-final teams will receive $50,000, while the semi-final teams will collect $100,000.
The finalists will get $200,000, with the champions being awarded an extra $625,000 for a combined total of $1 million that will go towards school development programmes. The LIME 'Golden Boot' will be the only individual award to be presented to the tournament's top goalscorer.
CAPTION - From left: Ruel Reid, principal of Jamaica College, Kevin McCarty, vice-principal, Junior Flemming, captain of the JC Manning Cup team, and coach, Miguel Coley, smile for the camera as they get a first hold on the new LIME Super Cup when it visited the institution on Monday, September 22. Sharing in the moment is Carlo Redwood (right), LIME's vice-president of marketing. - Contributed