T&T Sport Diary & bmobile team up to revitalise women’s football
In an effort to revitalise the consistency of women’s football throughout Trinidad and Tobago, digital sport media organisation, T&T Sport Diary, has teamed up with leading communications solutions provider, bmobile, to host the inaugural Women’s 7-a-side Football Tournament at the Eastern Regional Sporting Complex Hockey Grounds on Saturday 26 January from 10am.
The one-day tourney is expected to be a star-studded affair as several former, current and future female National stars such as Aaliyah Prince, Natisha John, Nadia John, Alania Burgin, Kalil Keshawr, Abishai Guy, Nadia James, Anastasia Prescott and Denicia Prince are all scheduled to compete. They headline a lengthy list of other local talents who will go head-to-head in search of the whopping $10,000 jackpot.
Sport has always been a fundamental component of the bmobile Foundation. Having recently concluded an eight-weekend long (October – December 2018) specialist training camp for 18 of T&T’s most promising youth cricketers at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, bmobile has hit the ground running in 2019. According to Marsha Caballero, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, “Through this latest initiative, bmobile now aims to empower these young women to continue striving for success, no matter what challenges lie ahead. Saturday’s contest will also assist in unearthing some hidden talents and provide a platform for upcoming enthusiasts to further their trade as athletes.”
Thus far, multiple teams have already confirmed their participation and are gearing up for a tightly contested meet. Last year’s most prominent Girls Secondary Schools Football League team, Pleasantville, has already fielded two well-oiled units and are expected to face stiff opposition from the likes of Police’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams among others. Former National senior team player, Aaliyah Prince, has also built a reckoning force comprising of fellow ex-National players and is intent on taking home the coveted crown.
Prince, who studied at Success Laventille Secondary School and also played competitively in every age division at the National level, expressed her delight with such a timely hosting of this competition.
“Events such as these are vital towards the reinvigorating of female football in Trinidad and Tobago,” she declared. “Currently, there are no tournaments being held for women throughout the country and Saturday’s meet is indeed a breath of fresh air for us. As a player, I am eternally grateful to the organisers and sponsors for giving us women players a chance to get back on the field.”
“Younger players who are still rising through the ranks will get an opportunity to showcase themselves and have some fun while they’re at it. Tournaments such as these help expose players that you’ve never seen before and this is what we need for the sport right now. This is an opportunity to enjoy what we do best; play football,” Prince added.
T&T Sport Diary’s, Shakira Thompson, shared similar sentiments and expressed her delight with the feedback received from participating teams thus far. Thompson agreed that there was little to no activity throughout female football nationally and such an event would aid in the rejuvenation of the sport.
“We have also invited the St. Mary’s Children’s Home to come out for a day and enjoy some football. We are grateful to sponsors like bmobile, for lending much-needed support to our cause. It’s a family event so we welcome everyone,” stated Thompson.
Admission is free and there is ample parking at the venue.