Fri | Sep 21, 2018

Our young players are improving - Shaw

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:31 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Shaw, president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), says that there were massive improvements in the play during this year's Under-13 and Under-15 competitions.

Shaw said that he was very impressed by the technical abilities and the skills displayed by the youngsters during the six-week tournament.

"There is a great improvement from last year because the competition was more competitive and exciting to watch," said Shaw. "I was happy to see a team like Brown's Town making it to the final of the Under-13, and this was great for the competition."

"This, for me, shows that the talent is spreading out right across the Corporate Area," Shaw said.

The KSAFA boss also had high praises for the coaches, who he said did a wonderful job in preparing their teams for the competition.

"The coaching has also been improving a lot in the competition. I think the technical abilities of the players have improved, and that is great for the development of our football programmes," Shaw said.

Shaw pointed out that his association would be looking at ways to ensure that the youngsters would have much better playing surface, to play on next season.

"I think we need better fields to continue this growth and development of our youngsters. It is not all the field, that are up to standard, and so we would like see better fields, and I think that is one of the things that is hindering the play of the football," Shaw stated.

Harbour View won the Under-13 competition after defeating Brown's Town 2-1 in the final, while Cavalier blanked Santos 2-0 in the final. Both finals were played on Thursday at the Alpha Institute.