The Sports Division along with the National Bank of Dominica (NBD), are pleased and satisfied with the success from the Primary Schools Football Championships over the years.

This was echoed by the Sports Coordinator in the Ministry of Sports, Trevor Shillingford at the opening of the National Bank of Dominica (NBD) Primary Schools Football Championship on Monday at the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

“We started in 2010 and we’re very happy with the progress that we have seen over the years,” Shillingford said. “A number of our current day emerging national footballers are graduates of this program.”

“So we are very satisfied with the impact that this championship has had on the development of football in Dominica,” he added.

He further encouraged the young footballers to continue their participation in sport.

“I want to encourage you to keep playing the sport of football. Some of you boys will probably, in the next few months, be attending Secondary School. I want to encourage you that when you get to Secondary School, ensure that you are part of the various football programs.”

“We have taken a decision to include the 13 and under competition at the Secondary School and this is also done on the smaller scale where you’ll be playing nine versus nine on a smaller size surface,” Shillingford said.

Following the opening ceremony, the first competition in the Qualifying Round took place.

The schools in the North West Zone were the ones on show.

At the end of the First Round of matches in the North West Zone the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School is in First place with 6 points from their two games played.

The St. John’s Primary School are in second place over the Coulibistrie Primary School, also on 3 points with a -1-goal difference from their two games played.

The Colihaut/Dublanc combined Primary Schools and the Paix Bouche Primary School are both in 4th place with identical -2 goal differences from their two games.

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