Wolmers’ foot­ball alumni do­nate $250,000 to ju­nior ‘ballers’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

THE WOLMER’S Boys’ School Ju­nior Foot­ball Pro­gramme has again ben­e­fited from a ma­jor do­na­tion from the Age Quod Agis Sports Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion (SAA) – an as­so­ci­a­tion that rep­re­sents for­mer foot­ball play­ers from the school.

On Novem­ber 11, An­dre Gray, bank­ing ex­ec­u­tive and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s founder and pres­i­dent Lis­sant Mitchell, CEO of Sco­tia In­vest­ments Ltd; and the body’s lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, pre­sented a cheque for just over $250,000 to the school, which brings to $1mil­lion the amount do­nated since 2012 by the ‘old boys’ body.

Gray, now based in Florida, com­mented on the ef­fort say­ing, “Each year, we try to raise funds to sup­port the ju­nior pro­gramme be­cause it is our view that fund­ing at this level is of­ten in­suf­fi­cient to sup­port the nu­mer­ous ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with groom­ing the young play­ers. It is also be­cause of the spe­cial role that the ju­nior pro­gramme played in our over­all de­vel­op­ment while we were at Wolmer’s that we feel com­pelled to of­fer our sup­port .”

STRONG BONDS

The group of over 60 mem­bers grad­u­ated from the in­sti­tu­tion be­tween 1985 and 1989 and rep­re­sents a large group of loyal Wolme­ri­ans liv­ing in Ja­maica, the USA, Eng­land and Canada.

Thirty years ago, sev­eral of its mem­bers also won the Un­der-16 Colts and all-is­land foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions and have main­tained strong bonds since then.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion has also noted the need for ad­di­tional equip­ment in the Sports Depart­ment and we are now ac­tively ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute crit­i­cal items that will ben­e­fit par­tic­i­pants in other sport­ing dis­ci­plines as well,” Gray added.

Since 2012, the Age Quod Agis SAA has staged an an­nual re­u­nion and fundraiser match on the sec­ond week­end in Septem­ber that helps to fund the nu­tri­tion pro­gramme for the un­der 14 and un­der 16 foot­ball teams.

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