Budding ballers eye Gothia Cup

Plantation Road Primary School sports co-ordinator Mervin Amos guides Jordan Dudley through his paces during a training session. Young Jordan is one of three players from the Grassy Park area to be selected for Meadowridge AFCs Gothia Cup Squad.

Former Plantation Road Primary School pupil, Jordan Dudley, now a Grade 8 pupil at Fairmount, and three football mates are part of the Meadowridge FC under-13 squad that will take part in the Gothia Youth Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, in July.

Other members of the squad include De Duine Primary School’s Skylin Edson, Parkwood Primary’s Lance Fuller and Square Hill’s Waylin Abrahams.

Like most football-loving youngsters they dream of playing football against the best but, as is often the case when it comes to tournaments of this nature, these youngsters must first raise the necessary funds for the trip.

Mervin Amos, a physical education teacher at Plantation Primary School, said trips like this one were important in many ways.

He said, the youngsters will get exposed to different playing styles and conditions.

“We organised junior matches for schools in the area and the youngsters, who were mostly playing at under-10 level, showed a lot of interest and commitment. This resulted in the most hardworking — not necessarily the most talented — players getting a chance to be part of the Meadowridge FC set up,” he said.

Amos who is going to the tournament, as the team’s guest coach, also noted linking up with clubs such as Meadowridge was good for the school’s football setup, as it gives the players a chance to test themselves, set standards, and motivate others.

“Grassy Park and the surrounding areas are known for a strong footballing culture,” he said.

With the registration process for this year’s competition running until next month, organisers say the interest has been even higher this year, with Trinidad and Tobago taking part of the first time.

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