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Over 100 youngsters participated in the age group football tournament hosted and sponsored by the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) at the Mount St. Benedict Football Field on Saturday. Partnering with UTC on the initiative was the IQ Academy which is based at the same venue. This year marked the 2nd edition of this venture and UTC decided to have an age group tournament as opposed to the football clinic.

The age groups included in the tournament ranged from Under- 5, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years and 13 Plus. 

Discussing the hosting this year’s initiative was tournament organiser and Communications Officer of UTC, Shamine Chainani, “The IQ academy was selected because of their coaching structure and they also focus on skills on and off the field. This year we invited Rainbow Rescue Shelter to get them involved in the sport so it can aid in their growth and development, improve skills and meet new friends.” Continuing on the topic of associating with sport, Chainani said, “Sport is important to UTC because it is one of our corporate social responsibility pillars. It is a means of bringing people together, don’t matter where you from, your status and of course the joy it brings and exercise factor involved.” The venue was separated into approximately eight fields with all being specific to the age group of the footballers. Also, there were quite a number of parents and supporters braving the scorching sun to support the young footballers. 

Honour Roll:

Under 5
Best Defender: Djalminah Lewis
Most Promising: Omar Henry
Most Goals: Christopher Renwick & Riquelme Lewis
Coach Award (exhibited the spirit of sport on the day): Riquelme Lewis

6-7 Years 
Best Defender: Luke Ferreira
Most Promising: Kymani Prieto
Most Goals: Christian Aaron
Best Goalkeeper: Israel Springer
Coach Award (exhibited the spirit of sport on the day): Nikhil Hector

8-9 Years
Best Defender: Zahir Ash
Most Promising: Tyler Romano
Most Goals: Jahmel Garcia 
Best Goalkeeper: Aaron Christopher
Coach Award (exhibited the spirit of sport on the day): Elvaldo Garcia

10 -12 Years
Best Defender: Janari Holder
Most Promising: Roshaun Doobay
Most Goals: Kristof St. Bernard 
Best Goalkeeper: Sam Rudden
Coach Award (exhibited the spirit of sport on the day): Johann St. Bernard

13 Plus 
Best Defender: Braeden Barry
Most Promising: Agyei Dacon
Most Goals: Jesus Delecia
Best Goalkeeper: Tashawn Basheer
Coach Award (exhibited the spirit of sport on the day): Alexandria Douglas 

Overall MVPs
10-12: Kristof St. Bernard
13 plus: Matthew De Souza