BVIFA Under 13 Boys in St Martin for tournament


BVIFA U13 Boys team in  St Martin for tournament. Photo: BVIFA

BVIFA U13 Boys team in St Martin for tournament. Photo: BVIFA

The BVI Football Association will be participating in the Coupe de la Com, hosted by French St Martin, from May 22nd until May 24th, 2015.

The team comprised of Under 13 boys from the newly invigorated national training programme includes Harsh Banthia, Marcus Butler Junior, Jesse Cooke, Shamoi Dore, Giovanni Grant, Sheldon Harry Junior, Miquel Marshall, Guillaume Parkins , Jahmal Prentice, Alejandro Santos- Torres, Lucas Gorringe-Santos and Justin Smith.

Katie Rowson will be in charge of the team, the assistant coach is Avondale Williams and the physio is Sheldon Harry.

“The format of the competition is 8v8,” explained Technical Director, Katie Rowson. “There are five other teams in the tournament, which is to be played in a league type format, followed by semi finals and finals on the last day, Sunday. We will be up against the likes of St Martin, The USVI, a team based out of the U.S. and Club Franciscan.”

During Easter last year, the BVIFA sent teams to participate, with the Rockers narrowly failing to reach the semi finals.

Rowson, who has had the squad in training for the last two weeks or so, explained that the first priority is to go one better this time around. “We intend to go one better and claim a top four finish to secure a place on the finals day and once that goal is achieved, we will have the confidence to go all the way!”

Practice sessions have been held four times a week on various fields around the territory and each session has been well attended by the group of boys. “Whether in pouring rain or burning sun, each time more boys have come out and have done all I could have asked of them,” said Rowson. “We have worked on technical and tactical aspects of the game and the boys have shown great enthusiasm to listen and learn. I have no doubt they will enjoy the experience and come home even better players.”

The BVI’S first game is against Club Franciscan, so the team will be looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat in last year’s tournament before having to meet the US Marinoise less than an hour later.

Then on Saturday the BVI takes on the USVI at 9.30am and St Martin A at 11.00am. St Martin B is the scheduled game for Saturday afternoon, which will conclude the group stage.

The tournament is the first step in a busy season for the boys, with the U15 Boy’s team heading off to the Cayman Islands in August to participate in the U15 Boys CONCACAF Championships.

“Everyone in the programme will have a busy year, as even if not selected for the upcoming tournaments they will have the opportunity to play in some friendly games towards the end of the year and therefore I am optimistic of not only keeping the current crop focused but also attracting even more boys to come and join the football family. I will be establishing a full player pathway to include an Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 player squad. The structure will help grow and develop football to a new level within the territory.”