Norman Manley top Back-To INSPORTS Five-a-Side
Norman Manley of Delacree Park are the champions of the inaugural Institute of Sports Back-To Street Five-a-Side football competition, which was held on Saturday at the Majesty Gardens basketball court.
Norman Manley won the title after a 5-6 penalty-kick victory over Young Boyz from Selassie Gardens. This after both teams had played to 0-0 draw at full and extra-time.
We Dem Boyz from Waterhouse won the third-place trophy after defeating Barber Shop of Majesty Gardens 4-3 on penalties. Both sides had played to a 0-0 draw.
The competition, which attracted 20 teams from in and around Kingston and St Andrew, was sponsored by the Institute of the Sports (INSPORTS).
Tayna Wright, executive assistant at INSPORTS, said the competition was successful.
"INSPORTS was proud to play an integral part in the Back-To Street football competition," said Wright.
"The competition was a successful one and, in seeing that, INSPORTS hopes to be on board for next year's staging," she said.
FOSTERING GOOD RELATIONSHIPS
Wright added that the competition helped to foster good relationships between the youth from various communities in and around Kingston and St Andrew.
"This competition has helped to bring a lot unattached youth in the communities together and this helps to foster good relationships and sportsmanship in the sporting circle," Wright noted.
Lionel Francis, organiser of the championships, said it was exciting.
"This was a very exciting league because it brought together a lot of youth from in and around the Kingston and St Andrew communities, and everyone had a good time.
"It was violence-free, and the vibes and competitiveness among the players on the field and off was excellent," said Francis.