9th February, 2017; Georgetown: Boys and girls taking part in Guyana’s first nationwide youth football “GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres” will have the chance to access a fund for school supplies each year, thanks to a new initiative from Scotiabank and the Guyana Football Federation Inc. (GFF).
Scotiabank, the GFF’s official corporate partner for the youth football academy programme, will provide 600,000 Guyana Dollars for student supplies each year as an incentive to encourage regular attendance, good behaviour and top performance at the academy and in school.
“We hope to give our boys and girls the opportunity to realize their dreams of a career in football, and to build a national team that will be a force to reckon with on the international stage,” Scotiabank Marketing Manager Jennifer Cipriani said on Thursday, announcing the bursary scheme at the launch of the GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres.
“We commit the sum of 600,000 Guyana Dollars towards bursary awards for students that perform well at the academies, and in school,” Cipriani said.
Bursaries will be given to the boys and girls who achieve the best records of attendance at school and at the academies, the best discipline on and off the field, and the best school grades. Minimum benchmarks for the bursaries will be set and communicated to participating students and parents.
The GFF and Scotiabank have joined forces to create Guyana’s first national youth football academy system, with a network of 13 Academy Training Centres in all nine GFF regional member associations.
The academies will boost participation in football, and prepare and train talented boys and girls from around the country for national youth teams.
“I would like to say a very special thank you to our commercial partner and sponsor Scotiabank for this programme, but more importantly, for fixing your gaze on the ultimate beneficiary of the game – its players,” GFF President Wayne Forde said at the launch. “The GFF is honoured to be working with Scotiabank to help develop our nation’s young footballers.”
Part of the GFF Executive Committee’s long-term vision for the reform and improvement of football is to build relationships with the private sector to increase investment and accelerate the growth of the sport, and to focus on player welfare through education and personal development.
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Debra Francis (Ms.)
Communications and Public Relations Officer
Tel: 592 227 8758 ext. 105