Pele FC Alumni Chairman promises more investment in youngsters

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Executive members of the Pele FC Alumni Corporation are presently in Guyana as the USA-based entity seeks to get back on track with its many developmental and support programmes for students and other entities.

Pele FC Alumni Corporation’s annual two-day Educational Development Programme, which is aimed at empowering young players (male and female) to overcome poverty by building their confidence, self-esteem, and ambition, through the power of sports and education, was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now with the aim of getting back on track, Chairman of the entity Denis Carrington, along with Treasurer Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton and Executive Committee Member, Eric ‘Riggy’ Smith, all accomplished players back in their days, are home to put the framework back in place to get their programmes up and running once again. Also attending the activity was local representative, David Gomes.

Pele FC Alumni Corporation Executive Committee Members, Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton (right), Eric ‘Riggy’ Smith (third right) and Denis Carrington (third left) pose with the scholarship students at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown

Chairman Carrington stated: “This trip is aimed at engaging our scholarship awardees and their parents. We are going to also reconnect and develop relationships with partners as we support our youth, creating new initiatives and opportunities for our partnership and strategise for our Pele Football Club short and long-term vision back to excellence.”

A successful meeting with five of the six scholarship students took place at the Marriott Hotel last Friday, where students and their parents were hosted for lunch and a subsequent interactive session.

“I think we had a great lunch and discussion with the kids and their parents where we were brought up to speed with their progress again and shared our thoughts and ideas with them on the way forward.”

The current beneficiaries are Reshona Bishop, Sarah Mathias, Shoran James, Isaiah Layne and Josiah King. The sixth student, Joshua Denny, was murdered last September when he was robbed and shot on his way to work.

A minute of silence was observed by the students, parents, and Pele FC Alumni ExCo members in Denny’s honour. Meeting with other entities that receive support from the Pele FC Alumni Corporation are scheduled over the coming days.

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