MERE hours after they officially launched their soft-shoe tournament at the Guyana Beverage Company, Diamond, East Bank Demerara-based boardroom, the directors of Petra Organisation got a call from telecommunications giant Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), who indicated their willingness to get on board.With that in mind, Petra director Troy Mendonca and members of the media converged on the Hadfield Street-based GT&T canteen, to witness that entity’s Senior Marketing Officer Angenie Hackett hand over a cheque for $300 000 to Mendonca in the presence of Public Relations Officer, Alison Parker.
Prior to the handing-over, Mendonca in brief remarks reminded those present that the partnership between Petra and GT&T goes way back to the organising and sponsoring of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA)/Cellink Premier League competition.
“Undoubtedly, the GFA/Cellink Premier League was arguably the best we would have witnessed over the years and this is due mainly to the generosity of GT&T. Most of our programmes we would have done, we would invite them to be on board.
“This is like a marriage created between GT&T and Petra over the years and it speaks volume for both of us, for which I wish to say thanks to GT&T for coming on board with us in this venture, even as we look forward to a continuous relationship with them in the future,” said Mendonca.
In her remarks on behalf of GT&T, Hackett said they were pleased to partner with the Petra group for the staging of the soft-shoe competition, adding that her company was quite willing to provide support to the organisers when they were approached, based on past experience.
“Petra has consistently demonstrated their excellent skills at organising such games at the various levels and we are confident that they will deliver beyond our expectations in this tournament as well,” said Hackett.
She added, “GT&T is aware of the benefits that are derived for a community’s involvement in sports. The building of teams, discipline and togetherness manifest through such activities and these are all social values we as a company, try to promote as well and we wish all the teams every success and may the best team emerge victorious.”
Twenty-four (24) teams will be divided into six groups of four with the top two from each and the best four third-place finishers going forward to the knockout stage. They will be vying for cash prizes in excess of $1.2M along with trophies, while every team will benefit from monetary incentives according to final positioning.
Additionally, each team will be provided with ten jerseys, compliments of Busta which will carry the company’s logo and the winning team will cart off $600 000, leaving the second- to fourth-placed finishers with $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively.
Each team will comprise only five players including a goalkeeper on the field at any time and the playing area will be reduced in size and played on turf. The tournament will commence on April 9 and run until May 5 at three venues in the city namely Georgetown Football Club, Tucville and the Ministry of Education ground.
The teams selected are: North East La Penitence, North Ruimveldt, West Back Road, Sophia, Queen Street of Tiger Bay, Holmes Street of Tiger Bay, Albouystown, Tucville, Globe Yard, Leopold Street, Cross Street, Kitty, Bent Street, D’Urban Street, Sparta Boss, Charlestown, Broad Street, California Square, Back Circle, Brazilian Team, Stevedore Housing Scheme, Festival City, West Front Road and Alexander Village.
By Calvin Roberts