The players of La Pastora Government Primary School of Santa Cruz wrote their names into the annals of School's Football history when they successfully moved up from being champions of the Atlantic National Primary School Under-12 Boys League in 2017, to become the Under-15 Boys National Champions last Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.
In front of a large crowd, the champions did not disappoint and aided by their biggest supporter, Principal Carolyn Patino, the young team outplayed the former two-times champions Carnage Boys Government by a 3-1 margin.
Clearly, the best Primary School Team in the country, La Pastora gave a boost to the Santa Cruz Coaching Academy and to the Santa Cruz Community at large with their back-to-back successes.
Principal Patino said, “This is what I want for my students. I wish that they all could be holistically developed. We want to ensure that the school and community work closely together to get the best for our students and we create an environment where our students want to compete for our school and community in every aspect of their lives. We have brought in nearly the whole school to support our team and that support has provided the impetus to move to another level. I Thank the players, coaches, parents and community for their support in this venture.
Last year, the script was written and this year, it was the same story with just another year as the Standard Four Students Linden Sween and Jadiel Joseph carried the school to victory. Just like 2017 Joseph has adjudged the Most Valuable Player, while Sween provided the fans with a fantastic goal and many great supporting passes.
Lindell has three brothers and one sister. He is the last child of his parents Melissa Chandler and Clint Sween. His father said that from the tender age of two Lindell showed an interest in football. Following in the footsteps of his brother Kerdell Sween, who plays for the T&T National Under-17 team. Lindell started football training from an early age and trains with the Santa Cruz Football Academy and San Juan Jabloteh Sports Club. He is currently training with Blast Football Club of Arima and the T&T Under-13 team. His dream is to be a better player than his brother and to one day be a member of the national senior football team.
Lindell stated that all he needs to do to finish off another incredible which include attending the Atlantic Manchester United Camp later this year. He stated, “I enjoy the camp last year and I am looking forward to meeting the coaches again this year."
Linden never works without his Petit, agile, twelve-year-old partner, Jadiel. Jadiel is the eldest of four siblings to his parents, Emeral Diaz and Pernell Joseph. Jadiel, having a keen interest in football from the tender age of six, was taught the basic skills of the sport by his neighbour, Keyel Morris. It was not until he started school, La Pastora that his talents were discovered and today he's one of the best players in the country in his age group. His parents were encouraged to enrol him in the Santa Cruz Football Academy, where he has been a member for the past four years.
Over the past eight years, the top 50 primary school footballers received the lifetime opportunity of a weekend’s tutelage from three coaches affiliated with the Manchester United Training Academy from England.
The camp is facilitated every year by Manchester United coaches Eamon Mulvey and Kevin Ward and last year had the added bonus of the expertise of former Manchester United striker Brian McClair, a legendary 15-time trophy winner for the world-renowned club.
2018 Winning Team Members
Keyshawn Langaigne, Shaheim O'Brien, Lindell Sween, Jadiel Joseph, Rondell Prince, Mikey Nelson, Malachi Bridgemohan, Amelleo Duncan, Tristan Dwarika, Jarel Balcon, Jahseem Pierre, Cameron Darlington, Isaiah Audain, Malachi Lester, Christian Campo, Malick Fernandez, Jedannie BaptisteMekeal Vidale.