Four-a-Side kickoff in McIntyre Villa
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The inaugural innercity Four-a-side football competition will kick off today in McKintyre Villa, Dunkirk, starting at 9 a.m. A maximum of eight teams are expected to vie for the prizes at stake.
The competition is the brainchild of Clive 'Busy' Campbell, founder of the Master and Celebrities events, on-going charities that have generated infrastructural support for basic schools across the country.
"The idea was borne out of my desire to see innercity communities return to a peaceful environment, as well as to get the young people off the streets and away from the temptation of crime, the so-called dons, hustlers and drug peddlars," Campbell, chief organiser said.
"After having a discussion with two of my friends, Robbie Shakespeare of Taxi Connections and Dennis Smith, we came to the conclusion that football can create a change in the lives of innercity youth."
Campbell plans to spread the competition across 12 communities in the Corporate Area.
However, there will be no prize money or trophies for the respective winners in each community. The winners will receive gifts courtesy of the sponsors.
The sponsors include Digicel, RJR Communications Group, Marley Coffee, NewsTalk Radio, Western Sports, Power 106, Wisynco Group, Taxi Connections, Kicks For Cause Foundation, KLAS/ESPN, Tru Juice and Locker Room Sports.
Action in the competition - to be played on weekends - will move to Nannyville Gardens, on Mountain View Avenue, tomorrow.