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Phoenix shines at Kidz Connection Youth Football Jamboree

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Phoenix Football Academy dominated the inaugural Kidz Connection Youth Football Jamboree at the Duhaney Park football field on Saturday, making three out of four finals and winning two of them.

The Craig Butler-founded academy defeated community team White All Stars for the Under-8 title. Phoenix also turned back St Richard's Primary to win the Under-10 crown.

However, in the Under-13 decider against Winchester Academy of St George's College, Phoenix had to settle for the runners-up spot.

The Under-13 final between St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Youths United ended in favour of STATHS.

However, for Tynesa Miller, organiser of the event, it was one that will only get bigger in the future.

"It was a success, despite the rain. The feedback from parents, the kids, players and coaches was great. They had nothing but good things to say about the tournament and they cannot wait for next year," she said.

"We should easily double the entrants for next year. So next year will be bigger, and we are excited about our development at Kidz Connection. We are glad we can still live up to our motto: 'Where kids connect to learning'," she continued.

 

MOTIVATION FOR TEAMS

 

The tournament showcased a number of academies such as Phoenix, Winchester and Charlton, and Miller noted that most of the community and school teams were highly motivated going up against these teams.

"Being that we had a few academies, it pushed the other teams, because that was the aim of the competition; they wanted to beat the top teams," she said.

After a promising start, Miller intends to iron out all the flaws they had in this initial staging. She also believes that with a bit more promotion, the event will become a staple on the football calendar.

"One of the things we are looking for next year to make it bigger is to look for sponsors to come on board to execute the vision. We have that vision for what we want. The funding is an issue, but we did the best we could this year. We will also promote it a bit more next year, plus there are a few internal issue we have to work on," she said.

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