Portmore United Football Club has appointed Kenneth Leonard Dyer as technical director of the club with immediate effect.
Dyer, 49, was born in London, England, and played youth football for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Charlton Athletic. He played professionally in Cyprus for Ethnikos Achna and Nea Salamis Famagusta. Dyer also played senior football for Maidstone United, Chatham Town, and Dover Athletic Dagenham & Redbridge of the United Kingdom.
Also, he represented Montserrat at international football between 2006 and 2010 in World Cup Qualifiers and Caribbean Cup Championships.
His coaching career started with English non-league club Haringey Borough between 2004 and 2005 and served as national coach for Montserrat between 2008 and 2012.
Dyer's mother, Doreen Ricketts, was born in Kingston and his father, William Dyer, was born in Montserrat. He has two children and resides in Clarendon.
The quarter-final round of matches in the JAM T20 cricket competition, which were originally scheduled for this weekend - September 14-15 - has been rescheduled to next weekend, September 21-22. This is to facilitate the replaying of matches that were not played during the preliminary rounds.
This weekend, Sunday September 15, 2013, will have St Ann vs St Mary at Three Hills Cricket Grounds in St Mary and St James vs Westmoreland at Paradise Oval. The winner of each match will then move on to the quarter-finals next weekend.
The teams that have already qualified for the quarter-finals are: St Elizabeth versus University of Technology, St Catherine versus Melbourne, and University of the West Indies vs the Jamaica Defence Force.
The Digicel/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Grassroots Programme continues today with its 18th festival at the Three Hills community football playing field in St Mary, starting at 1:30 p.m.
The programme, which is aimed at introducing the rudiments of the game to children aged 6-12, has four components: 1 - The staging of festivals in all parishes, targeting 100 children at each. To date, 17 festivals have been held with over 2,000 children; 2 - the staging of coaching education workshops aimed at teaching coach educators, at the parish level, the best means of imparting the basics of the game to this age group. To date, over 500 coach educators across the island have been involved in these workshops; 3 - the appointment of Grassroots coordinators in each parish. All parishes have recently appointed a Grassroots coordinator; 4 - the provision of equipment to the parishes to facilitate a continuous Grassroots Programme at the parish level.
Today, the first stock of equipment will be handed over to the St Mary FA at the end of the festival. The parishes are to use the equipment to have small festivals.
The JFF had made representation to FIFA for some assistance with Grassroots equipment and FIFA recently approved an allocation.