The media launch of the exciting new Next Level Consulting, Limited (NLCL) Under 19 Community Invitational Tournament took place at the Marabella South Secondary School on Wednesday (December 18) morning. Guest speakers, and former national goalkeepers, Michael Maurice and Jan Michael Williams advised the attendees of their personal and sporting backgrounds, as well as, their experiences playing the sport they love all around the world, as professionals and ex-nationals. Both gentlemen agreed that Trinidad & Tobago’s young footballers need to take advantage of the great opportunities being provided, and stressed that discipline, dedication and hard work would help push them toward their goals.
Owner of Next Level Consulting, Limited and Tournament Chairman, Brian K. Jordan, announced at the media launch that Halifax Wanderers, of the Canadian Professional League, and coached by Stephen Hart, would accept the overall NLCL U19 Tournament MVP on trial. Mr. Jordan reiterated, “We are extremely thankful to Halifax Wanderers, and by extension Coaches Hart, Assistant Coach King, and Goalkeeping Coach, Jan Michael Williams for their support and agreement to accept the tournament MVP on trial. We want this league to be a platform for our young talented footballers. He further stated, “We are working hard to provide the opportunities, and our youngsters themselves have to work hard to push themselves into their future footballing, or other careers.” Lastly, he added, “All of the home and away games will be free of charge to attend. Communities will be coming out to support in their numbers, so let’s give them a good show, enjoy the games, and have the best behaviour possible.”
The Under 19 tournament kicks off tomorrow (December 21) at 6:30PM with four games being played across the country that day, and one game being played on Sunday, December 22, 2019. (see attached fixtures). The groundbreaking islandwide tournament has two groups; a North / East group and another with teams from South / Central zones. Teams from each group will vie for the Championship trophy in a home and away format. During the tournament, fans will be able to see many of the stars of the recently concluded Secondary Schools Football League as they battle for a tournament challenge trophy and many other super prizes.
Participating teams are as follows:
Group A (Teams from North and East zones):
- Trendsetter Hawks
- SP Boyz (Manzanilla/Sangre Grande)
- Hearts of Maloney
- MaGuaya United (Mayaro/Guayaguayare)
Group B (Teams from South and Central zones):
- Deportivo P.F. Youths (Point Fortin)
- Gasparillo Youths
- Princes Town Achievers
- Mascall Football Academy (Moruga)
- All Blacks F.C. (Fyzabad)
- D.C.S. / Dass Trace (Enterprise and LaBrea)
Match Day 1 Fixtures
Saturday, December 21st at 6:30pm
SP Boyz vs Trendsetter Hawks @ Manzanilla Recreation Ground
MaGuaya United vs Hearts of Maloney @ Mafeking Recreation Ground, Mayor
Gasparillo Youths vs Deportivo PF Youths @ Lumsden Recreation Ground, Gasparillo
All Blacks FC vs Princes Town Achievers @ Fyzabad Gallows Recreation Ground
Saturday, December 22nd at 6:30pm
Mascall Football Academy vs DCS/Dass Trace @ Base Terre Recreation Ground, Moruga
Tournament organizers are extremely thankful to sponsors, Ramlogan & Sons Sports (Couva & Marabella), Ramsingh Sportsworld, and Maritime Financial Group.
The NLCL U19 Community Invitational Tournament will run from December 21, 2019 to the Championship game on February 16, 2020, with an All-Star game to be held thereafter. Organizers expect many amateur and professional scouts from abroad and locally to be in attendance during the tournament period of December to February, allowing for even more opportunities locally and abroad for talented players.
The organizers look forward to working with the youth, with each community, with the media, and with all stakeholders to make the tournament a huge success.
Next Level Consulting, Limited is a registered local small business specializing in residential and commercial security cameras, alarms, and gate motors. We wish to invite other businesses, big and small, to invest in youth, football and our local communities.
For more information, or to be a sponsor:
Brian K. Jordan