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INSPORTS all-island football championship kicks off October

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Ian Andrews, INSPORTS' administrative director, speaking with a team during a training session in the Little London community in Westmoreland, who will be participating in the all-island championship.

KINGSTON:

In keeping with its strategic operational plan regarding development of football at the community level, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will again be hosting the all-island football championship to begin in October, where the winning team will receive $500,000 and the INSPORTS all-island trophy.

The main objective of the INSPORTS all-island football championship is to provide a structured medium through which youth from communities who are not registered in organised competitions can get an opportunity to display their talent for further development.

The all-island competition has in excess of 14,500 participants across the island, many of whom are unattached youth.

"We are targeting unattached youth not only to give them some structure, but through organised competitions, we are able to seek out and identify more talent," said Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS.

"We have found that very often, some of the best talents are among these youth. Similar to the Australian Institute of Sports, our aim is to identify, develop and produce world class athletes."

 

DEVELOP THEIR TECHNIQUE

 

The agency is seeking out a certain amount of talented athletes from each parish. As mandated by Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, these youngsters who are identified will be channelled into INSPORTS' extensive coaching programmes to further develop their technique and increase the possibility for national selection.

The state agency's thrust behind establishing structured competitions is also in an effort to realise the health, social and economic benefits of sports. By improving performance standards and developing sports facilities, INSPORTS is increasing the potential for organised football to make significant social contributions.

Andrews explains that this is a key element in the formulation of INSPORTS' policy on sports.

"The social impact of organised football, and sports in general, cannot be underestimated. Sports aids in the development of personal skills of individuals and teaches values such as sportsmanship, tolerance, self-discipline, team spirit and strength of character," he said.

"In this way sports can play a role in tackling social challenges experienced by communities, including anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and social exclusion. We are counting on community support to continue to make our programmes a success."

The INSPORTS All-island Football Championship will commence in October at the Alva playing field in St Ann.