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Digicel/JFF Grassroots 'festival of champions'

Published:Saturday | June 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Winners in Digicel's football promotion go head-to-head with social media manager at Digicel, Shaun Birch, at the Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston. Prizes included Smart TVs, smartphones, jerseys, brazucas, and credit. - Contributed

The Digicel/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Grassroots Football Clinics will culminate with a 'Festival of Champions', at the JFF Training Centre at the University of the West Indies today, with action from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is actually a celebration of the participants who showed extraordinary talent throughout the one-day Digicel/JFF Grassroots Football Clinics that were held across the island, where aspiring young footballers, along with their coaches, were able to train with JFF-trained coaches led by Andre Virtue.

The clinics were designed to introduce football to boys and girls 12 years and younger and were part of Digicel's commitment of developing sports among Jamaica's youth.


Ten children and three coach educators from each parish will be involved in today's activities, which also includes an awards ceremony in recognition of the coaches, participants, and volunteers.

The youngsters will enjoy competition in football drills such as Dribbling Challenge, Passing Challenge, iFootball, Crossbar Challenge and Hit the Target, as well as small-sided games for a chance to win prizes, courtesy of Digicel and the JFF. Outstanding Grassroots achievements will also be recognised for Top Grassroots Coordinator, Most Organised Parish, Grassroots Parish Community award, Digicel Grassroots JFF coaches award, Digicel Grassroots Ambassadors award and Digicel Grassroots Festival of Champions certificates.

Dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall will also make an appearance with his son, Giomar, to perform several of his hit songs.