LIME to make local schoolboy football the region's best
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing at LIME, has given his commitment to make local schoolboy football the "biggest and most popular" competition in the region.
"Our (LIME) theme speaks to the intent to make local schoolboy football the biggest and most popular football competition in the region, and we will continue to invest aggressively and work with our partners, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) to deliver that product," Redwood told The Gleaner yesterday, a day after presenting the respective trophies, team and individual awards to victorious Manning and daCosta Cup schools.
Telecommunications firm LIME has committed $150 million in sponsorship to the Manning and daCosta Cup schoolboy football competitions over five years, in partnership with ISSA.
Super Cup Knockout
The competitions are called ISSA/LIME Manning and ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup schoolboy football competitions, respectively. Last season LIME introduced the inaugural ISSA/LIME Super Cup knockout competition which brought together the best talent in schoolboy football from the rural and urban areas. The impressive trophy was won by Jamaica College.
"The ISSA/LIME Super Cup was one of our first products in the direction of developing and raising the standard of local football, and we are proud of it," Redwood continued.
He said he was pleased with the quality of football played throughout the recently concluded season.
The major awards at Wednesday's presentation ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel went to Manning Cup, Super Cup and Olivier Shield winners Jamaica College, while daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College and Ben Francis Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) were also recognised.
In the individual section, JC's captain Junior Flemmings and Donjay Smith of STETHS earned the awards for most goals scored, with 32 and 18 goals, in the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions respectively.
Coach Miguel Coley and Ian Forbes of Jamaica College were named coach and manager of the year, respectively, for the Corporate Area.
The legendary schoolboy football coach, Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, and Richard Palmer of Clarendon College copped the rural area award.
Walker Cup champions St George's College and beaten Manning Cup finalists Charlie Smith High were also lauded at the function.