Mas­sive in­crease in 2018/19 INSPORTS pri­mary school foot­ball, net­ball com­pe­ti­tions

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

An in­crease in the prize purse as well as a mas­sive jump in par­tic­i­pa­tion were among the main high­lights at the 2018/19 me­dia launch of the insports na­tional Pri­mary school Foot­ball and net­ball com­pe­ti­tions.

Both com­pe­ti­tions are set to be­gin Novem­ber 13, with 310 teams down to com­pete in foot­ball while 190 schools will bat­tle for top hon­ours in net­ball.

De­liv­er­ing the over­view in­side Na­tional In­door Sport Cen­tre, sport of­fi­cer at the In­sti­tute of Sports, Kevin Mor­ri­son said: “A to­tal of 6,000 stu­dents, in­clu­sive of 45 fe­males, will take part in foot­ball, whilst 2,500 (girls) will play net­ball.”

The num­bers pre­sented by Mor­ri­son rep­re­sent a mas­sive in­crease com­pared to last sea­son when 136 schools par­tic­i­pated in foot­ball and 50 took part in net­ball.

Af­ter a six-year hia­tus, the com­pe­ti­tion was re­vi­talised last year with St Cather­ine’s Mcau­ley Pri­mary and Mar­lie Mount Pri­mary be­ing crowned foot­ball and net­ball cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively.

“I am very elated to in­form you that for this year all parishes will be par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Mor­ri­son said.

To roars of ap­proval from the au­di­ence, Min­is­ter of Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange an­nounced a prize purse val­ued over $1.3 mil­lion.

All prize win­ners in both com­pe­ti­tions will re­ceive equal amounts as part of the min­istry’s push for “pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity”.

With all prizes be­ing beefed up, this sea­son’s grand cham­pion is guar­an­teed $200,000, while $125,000 and $100,000 will go to to­wards sec­ond — and third-placed teams, re­spec­tively. The team that fin­ishes fourth gets $75,000. At the parochial level, parish cham­pi­ons will re­ceive $60,000, run­ners-up $35,000, third-place $20,000, and $15,000 goes to fourth.

And in a move to im­prove the over­all qual­ity of coach­ing, 120 coaches (60 foot­ball and 60 net­ball) will be cer­ti­fied at the end of this sea­son, a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Con­ca­caf, the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, Net­ball Ja­maica, G C Fos­ter Col­lege of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Sport, and Ja­maica Money Mar­ket Bro­kers.

Min­is­ter Grange said: “It is im­por­tant to recog­nise the part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Con­ca­caf and the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion which, over time, will see all coaches at this level be­ing cer­ti­fied. Our aim is to, in an­other three years ,cer­tify all coaches and at the end of that phase all coaches must be cer­ti­fied in or­der to coach at this level.”

The se­lect coaches will un­dergo train­ing in child­care

and pro­tec­tion — a manda­tory ex­er­cise that is of ex­treme im­por­tance, the min­is­ter noted.

“This is in keep­ing with the min­istry’s pro­gramme where we are work­ing with UNICEF to fully in­tro­duce a spe­cial train­ing pro­gramme and man­ual to pro­tect and safe­guard our chil­dren play­ing sport,” said the min­is­ter.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant,” she added. “We work closely with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to ad­vance the health and well-be­ing of our chil­dren who are our foun­da­tion and fu­ture of our na­tion.”

Teams are grouped ac­cord­ing to their geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and will play each other in a round robin for­mat. Only the top two teams from each group will ad­vance to the knock­out phase un­til a parish cham­pion is crowned.

All parish cham­pi­ons (Port­more is clas­si­fied as a parish) and the sec­ond-placed team from the parish with the most en­tries will com­pete for top hon­ours in the na­tional round, sched­uled to be­gin Jan­uary 11, 2019, and which will be played on a home and away ba­sis.

The grand fi­nale is set for Fe­bru­ary 1, 2019.

(Photo: Garfield Robin­son)

The Min­is­ter of Sport Olivia Grange (cen­tre) passed with Ian “Pepe” Good­i­son (left), for­mer na­tional foot­ball player and am­bas­sador for the INSPORTS Pri­mary School Foot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion; Dr Paula Da­ley­mor­ris (right), pres­i­dent, Net­ball Ja­maica; with An­thony Mcdon­ald (front left), cap­tain, Den­ham Town Pri­mary School foot­ball team; and Shawna-kay Davis, cap­tain Greenwich Pri­mary School net­ball team.

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