This afternoon The British High Commission in Belmopan handed over shirts, shorts, socks, boots and footballs to Manager of the National Youth Cadet Service Corp; Mr. William Swan and Kennedy Gentle, Manager of the Gentle Touch Female Football Team. Plus news was present at the small ceremony and spoke with British Deputy High Commissioner Jackie Brown who told us more about the donation.
Jackie Brown – British Deputy High Commissioner:
We’ve been presenting some football kits and footballs to the National Youth Cadet Team, and also the female team, the “Gentle Stroke” Team. We’re running a football tournament on Saturday. It’s going to be a knockout tournament with the Belize Defense Force, Police Department, The British High Commission Team, and Coastguard. We wanted these guys to have an exhibition team. They’ve approached us on other occasions for assistance, ’cause they don’t really have any funding, so we thought it would be nice for them to play in the Tournament, but also to give them all the kit that they need.
Each year the British High Commission hosts a football tournament and invites teams from around the country to participate. The National Youth Cadet football team will be participating in this year’s exhibition game and William Swan tells us what the donation means for the players of his team.
Well, I think it’s a good initiative done by the British High Commission. I must say thanks to Miss Jackie Brown who’s always tried to support us in whatever. Last year they gave us some drums, and this year they approached us saying they want to have an exhibition team to do a fund-raising for Community Policing in Belize City. She approached me and asked me if our guys could partake in the Tournament. Our goal is to uplift young men throughout the whole country. It is a good initiative for these young men, to let them show that people care for them, and people are looking out for them. I think that will have a better spirit, to want to move positively in life.
Gentle Touch will be going up against the Cadet Squad in the exhibition game. Manager of the Team Kennedy Gentle thanked the High Commission for its contribution.
Kennedy Gentle – Manager “Gentle Touch”:
This is really a blessing, because for quite a number of years we have been neglected as such, but finally people recognize and they see the talent in us, and they decide to give us a hand. We really appreciate it. It’s very welcoming.
The series of football matches will be held this Saturday, May 25th starting at 10am in the morning at the FIFA Stadium in Belmopan. A small fee of 5 dollars is charged at the gate and the monies collected are donated to a local program. This year’s funds will go toward the Albert Community Policing Project.