AISK Sportsfeva getting bigger and better
All is set for an exciting 2015 American International School of Kingston (AISK)/SportsFeva tournament. The five-year-old tournament of three sporting disciplines was launched at the AISK grounds yesterday and this year's event promises to be the best yet.
The tournament will see more than 400 students, from 20 schools in Jamaica and around the region, competing for honours in sporting clay, tennis and football in fast-paced formatted competitions over the next two weeks.
The tournament kicks off with the sporting clay tournament, dubbed ClayFeva, this Saturday at the Jamaica Skeet Club with over 70 participants from across the island down to compete. To decide the winners the top six schools will compete in a shoot-off.
The following weekend SoccerFeva and TennisFeva, the football and tennis competitions, take centrestage (Friday & Saturday) on AISK compound. On Friday, the Under-10s will compete for top honours in tennis, while on Saturday the Under-12s will vie for top honours in their age category.
For the football tournament, eight boys' teams and eight girls' teams will compete in six-a-side tournaments, which will include Manning Cup and Olivier Shield champions Jamaica College, as well as overseas participants in Aruba International School, Lyford Cay International School of Bahamas, and Cayman International School. This tournament also marks the debut of the first club participants in Portmore Juniors (Portmore United Under-15s).
AISK Sports Director Brad Ransom says the tournament has grown by leaps and bounds in the few years it has been around and has continued to attract more regional interest each year. And, this term, he predicts a bigger and more exciting tournament.
"We have created a separate award in case a club team won it (football award), because it initially started as a school thing but it's evolving," he noted. "At the moment, the visiting (regional) schools are just competing in the football tournament, but the idea, down the line, is for them to compete in tennis, and eventually, sporting clay as well," he added.
Defending champions for girls' football are Lyford Cay of the Bahamas. Jamaica College won the boys' title last year beating Hillel in the final. AISK are the champions of Under-10 tennis and Hillel the Under-12s title holders.
Tari Lovell, the representative of main sponsors, Digicel, who are in their second year, said their first involvement with the tournament last year was "amazing" and predicts a much more entertaining and fun-filled championship this trip.
"Last year was an outstanding staging, so we knew that this year it was going to be bigger and better and, so, of course, we had to be a part of it for a second year.
"We believe if we invest in our students, we are investing in the future of our country and we can unearth the next Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and the next best tennis player, and the next best football player."