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Marley aiding at risk youths through Falmouth Utd

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:26 AM
Members of Falmouth United go through drills in a training session at the Elleston Wakeland Stadium in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Wednesday.
Members of Falmouth United go through drills in a training session at the Elleston Wakeland Stadium in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Wednesday.

Ky-Mani Marley, founder and chief executive officer of Falmouth United, says the club was founded with the vision of helping the at risk youth in the parish to get a better life through sports.

Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, founded the club in 2017 oversaw the Trelawny-based outfit to a third-place finish in the Western Confederation Super League last season.

“A lot of the youths before this (Falmouth United) came about were in the street idle, so this took a lot of the youths off the streets whether they are on the football team or they’re just here for recreation because we have table tennis here as well,” Marley said.

“Football wasn’t here for three years. ‘Nothing not playing, so just the mere fact that they get that little Sunday enjoyment or that little Saturday enjoyment, they love it.”

Marley, who was born in the parish, says the club will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that it gets to the Red Stripe Premier League competition.

He says he is resolute in his goal despite a number of financial challenges affecting the team.

“The mission is the Premier League because this will be our second year playing in the Confed League,” he said.

Changes

“This season we have made the necessary changes, and we have brought in some new players and a new coaching staff.”

Among the players that Marley has brought in this season is former Montego United striker Allan Ottey.

Despite the afore-mentioned financial struggles, Marley says he has been able to attract a few sponsors to the club, but it is still in need of more to help to offset some of the costs associated with the team.

“I have two sponsors, but it doesn’t ease my burdens as the bulk of the work is still on me,” he said.

“A lot of times, I have to leave and go take couple shows and come back to make sure [that] I can keep on the light, the food can still cook, and if a man must get a little knock in him pocket, he can get it same way,” he said.