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St Catherine surging despite challenges

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 9:00 AMHubert Lawrence
File Peter Reid, St Catherine FA president

Sponsorship is a major challenge for the development of football in the parish of St Catherine. Despite that, the parish is doing well. That's the word from Peter Reid, president of the St Catherine Football Association.

Reid says football is on the rise in the nation's biggest parish despite the financial challenge.

"The lack of sponsorship does not take away from what we are doing because we have played our under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-20 (competitions) without sponsorship," he revealed, "and we have FLOW on board for our Major League and our Happy Sutherland (KO)."

That latter competition, named for long serving St Catherine football administrator, Lincoln 'Happy Sutherland', is the parish's premier knockout tournament.

Despite the strictures, Reid believes the outlook for St Catherine is positive. He pointed out that eight members of the under-15 national girls team came through St Catherine's football programmes and that St Catherine are national champions in that age group for both boys and girls.

"So with a small amount of sponsorship, we are doing well," he accounted. "But we could do with much more sponsorship."