ExxonMobil taps into Guyana football
By Treiston Joseph
The Petra Organisation and ExxonMobil have partnered to host an Under-14 football tournament that will cater for teams in Georgetown.
At a launching on Thursday at the Cara Lodge, the two organisations announced the partnership that they hope will provide another avenue for youths in school to play ‘the beautiful game’.
Co-Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, was very optimistic of the partnership and the tournament.
“This is a significant day for us not because Exxon has partnered with us, but because we believe this tournament will bridge the game between our Under-11 and Under-18 tournament,” Mendonca highlighted.
Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs of ExxonMobil Guyana, Kimberly Brasington, shared that the world renowned oil and gas company is proud to be associated with Petra and football in Guyana.
“We are proud to be a part of this and this will also be our first venture in sponsoring football in Guyana and I must commend Petra for giving us this opportunity,” Brasington noted.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Football Federation will also be onboard and the Director of Youth Development, Bryan Joseph, spoke on the necessity of such a tournament.
“This tournament will give us a base for selection for our national youth teams set to be in tournaments this year and it has answered one of our cries in trying to include female participation in the sport and we must commend Petra for that but we will have our technical staff available and will be present at these games, since it is in keeping with our development programmes,” Joseph highlighted.
All schools are not confirmed as yet for the tournament, but the Petra Organisation is working closely with the Ministry of Education in ensuring that they find the schools necessary to be a part of the tournament which is expected to commence in the first weekend of June.