Foot­ball is Ben­nett’s gate­way

Den­ham Town goalie seeks schol­ar­ship to pur­sue law de­gree

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

HE MIGHT not have been team cap­tain in his four years as Den­ham Town High goal­keeper, but like the lawyer he is as­pir­ing to be, a talk­a­tive Brian Ben­nett stoutly de­fends his team.

In this, his fi­nal year of the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hop­ing to score a schol­ar­ship to study law.

“I hope that I can get a schol­ar­ship to bet­ter my fu­ture; that alone I am look­ing at. I have six sub­jects and it’s my last year in CAPE,” said the player.

Ac­cord­ing to Ben­nett, who lives in the rough western Kingston com­mu­nity, he wants to be­come a lawyer to elevate his fam­ily and friends in his area.

“No­body is work­ing on any­thing for me so far, but I am hop­ing to have a good sea­son, con­tinue mak­ing my name, pass my sub­jects and, hope­fully, get a chance to move for­ward for a schol­ar­ship. I want to study law over­seas and I love foot­ball,” Ben­nett told The Gleaner.

HELP­ING FAM­ILY

“I chose law be­cause I want to help my fam­ily and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my com­mu­nity, where liv­ing is tough,” he stressed.

Ben­nett stuck with his in­ner city-based school de­spite pass­ing his sub­jects and amid prospects of trans­fer­ring to an­other in­sti­tu­tion.

“This is my fourth year play­ing Man­ning Cup. I have played all four years as a start­ing keeper. I have not been cap­tain, but I

am very vo­cal in help­ing my team de­fend and at­tack as a team,” he pointed out.

In Den­ham Town’s re­cent game against many-time Man­ning Cup cham­pi­ons, Kingston Col­lege, Ben­nett was a stand­out, pro­duc­ing

save af­ter save and ral­ly­ing his team­mates to de­fend well and at­tack asa team.

He de­scribes foot­ball as not just about fun, but a way out.

“My fam­ily has great ex­pec­ta­tions of me be­cause they know

that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am de­ter­mined to do it for them,” stressed Jack­son, the sec­ond of three broth­ers.

“I stuck with Den­ham Town be­cause I wasn’t sure that I was

go­ing to get my sub­jects. It was a tough time in school and I was wait­ing on the re­sults, so when I got my re­sults, I wasn’t train­ing with any other team, so I stuck with my school,” ex­plained the goal­keeper.

He added that life in his com­mu­nity has been a tough one, but he has had to “just keep calm and hold my head high and keep strug­gling to get my sub­jects and do good in school”.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Kingston Col­lege’s Fabian Grant (left) and Den­ham Town High’s Don­ald Wal­ters tus­sle for pos­ses­sion dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball match at the Ed­ward Seaga Sports Com­plex on Fri­day. The game ended 0-0.

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