Special Needs Children Given a Chance to Play Football

The donation of gear was made by the management of the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) and came as part of the organization’s ongoing grass roots football program. 

The equipment included footballs, Jerseys and coaching cones to be used in the periods of instructions that are now expected to follow. 

SKNFA president Anthony Johnson, at a handing-over ceremony, indicated that his association is pleased to be involved in the new initiative that could be beneficial to the sport generally. 

Johnson added that that they see this initiative as a critical component for them to expand the grassroots program, which he explained, is already exposing young boys and girls to the sport at an early age. 

He also thanked the Minister of sports Glen Phillip, who he praised for supporting the program that the association has undertaken. Johnson went on to encourage the boys and girls of the school, to use the equipment wisely and to take care of them. 

Principal of the CTCS in St. Kitts, Mrs. Michele Jacobs, expressed her pleasure of being the beneficiaries of the much needed assistance and attention; saying that it is very heartwarming that the general public is paying attention to the potential that can be found within all children, even those with special needs. johnson-jacobs

Jacobs went on to say that some of the children are already actively involved in football as the special Olympics has a football component and the donation from the SKNFA will only enhance that programme to produce more children who love the game. 

Principal Jacobs thanked the SKNFA for thinking of the school and sharing gifts and talent to the students. 

She also revealed that the older students will also be a part of the programme and pledged their support to encourage the growth of the initiative. 

Also in attendance was the Minister of Sport Glen Phillip, who stated that FIFA and the SKNFA have realized that the grassroots programme has to be comprehensive in order for the proper development of the sport and declared that this presentation marks a significant contribution to the school. 

He went on to highlight the impact the school has had to other facets of sport in the federation. 

The Minister of Sports said the presentation would encourage the development of the grassroots programme and hoped that one day the footballers from the school can represent the federation as they do in other sports. 

He went on to say that this programme can help the adolescence achieve a healthy life style pointing out the increases in obesity for the past years and stating that this initiative can help decrease obesity levels. 

The equipment was handed over by President Anthony Johnson to Principal Michele Jacobs.

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