Sat | Mar 23, 2019

Girlz delight schoolgirls in Montego Bay

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:18 AM

WATA-sponsored schoolgirl footballers with Reggae Girlz: Reggae Girl Marlo Sweatman takes a selfie with some of the WATA-sponsored schoolgirl footballers who attended the Reggae Girlz versus Chile match last Sunday in Montego Bay.  Jamaica won 3-2.
WATA-sponsored schoolgirl footballers with Reggae Girlz: Reggae Girl Marlo Sweatman takes a selfie with some of the WATA-sponsored schoolgirl footballers who attended the Reggae Girlz versus Chile match last Sunday in Montego Bay. Jamaica won 3-2.

Approximately 500 schoolgirl footballers and their coaches from 19 high schools across the island attended the Reggae Girlz versus Chile match last Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex courtesy of WATA, sponsor of the Jamaica Senior Women’s team.

The schoolgirls were treated to a ‘WATA Girlz Football Showcase’ which featured a nutrition talk by Kamila McDonald, who stressed the importance of hydration to good performance. Reggae Girl Chinyelu Asher also spoke about the need to stay focused in order to achieve success during an interactive session. The Reggae Girlz head coach, Hue Menzies, commended the schoolgirls for their interest in the sport and hailed the launch of the grass-roots football programme for girls in the west.

Western Jamaica, which is well known for its love of football was well represented at the match. The western-based schools included Anchovy High, Green Pond High, Montego Bay High, Mount Alvernia High, St James High, Frome Technical, Roger Clarke High and Newell High.

There were three schools from the other end of the island, including Wolmer’s Girls, Merl Grove and Meadowbrook High Schools, while the other schools came from mid-island parishes including Manchester, St Ann, St Mary, and St Catherine.

school zones

In terms of zones, the footballers represented seven of the eight zones in the ISSA schoolgirls competition. According to Wisynco’s senior marketing and public relations manager, Tamara Ward, “the assistance to the schools to attend the Reggae Girlz match was an expression of our commitment to support the Reggae Girlz and empower young girls through sports and especially football. The feedback that we have received from the schools that attended the match has been very encouraging, and we look forward to even better football at the high-school level going forward.”

WATA is the hydration sponsor of the JFF’s senior men, women and grass-roots programme. This sponsorship has been ongoing for more than 15 years. During that time. The company has been a major sponsor of multiple FIFA World Cup campaigns for the Reggae Boyz and now the Reggae Girlz as they prepare to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time.