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The Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) has come on board as the main sponsor of the Stern John Football Skills Award Programme.

SPORTT has contributed $214,000 to cover the operational costs of the three-month programme whose main objective is to provide fundamental and intermediate football skills training to over 140 primary schools in the eight educational districts throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Approximately 2,500 primary school children between the ages 8-12 will benefit from the programme, which is aimed at developing football as well as social skills. It also seeks to provide participants with positive mentors and experiences through participation in sport.

Jenelle Warick, who plays for the national Under-15 women’s football team and has recently been called for training with the U-17 team, and Brandon Creed, who plays for the U-14s of Tobago United Professional football club, are two former participants.

Both of these positive young people laud the efforts of the Stern John Skills Awards Programme and credit the programme with making them better footballers and citizens.

They were on hand to witness the ceremonial handover of the cheque which was presented by SPORTT’s Senior Sports Officer Fitzroy Daniel to Mary Sui Butt, the chief co-ordinator of the programme.