The league was held from Saturday, 30th July to Sunday 28th August, at the Old Recreation grounds in St. Paul’s. Eight teams; five from St. Paul’s – Willets United, Movements, Breadfruit All-Stars, Positive Vybes, Togetherness United and one each from Newton Ground, Dieppe Bay and Saddlers played for bragging rights, title and the championship trophy.
The team Saddlers, because of missing almost three games was not allowed to complete the tournament.
“Overall the league was a success, our objectives were met and the entire community is asking for this annually,” said Jeffers
The football league was organized in an effort to revive community spirit and spread positivity throughout the village, and the other neighbouring communities.
“First, let me give thanks to the Most High for allowing us to complete the league crime and violence free. We want also to extend sincere thanks to the entire community for their loyal support and for sticking with us throughout the entire league,” PRO Jeffers said.
On Sunday 28th August, a very exciting final match was played between the top two teams, Movements and Willet’s United in front of a huge crowd of football lovers.
Both teams made it to the finals after winning their respective final four matches that were played earlier in the week.
After 90 minutes of impressive foot work, skills, determination and a few minor injuries, the final whistle was blown ending the game at 1:0 in favour of Willet’s United.
The trophy was presented to the winner by the Parliamentary Representative for the area Dr Denzil Douglas.
Jeffers said that the league was made possible because of a strong and energetic committee, “who, even though the odds were against us, still managed to pull off one of the best community football league the country has ever seen.”
It is the hope of the organizers that the league will take place every year and also be expanded to other communities and spark interest in other youths as well.
A number of professional S. L. Horsford’s St Paul’s Football Club players and also some members of the national football team, who are from the area, played for the various teams.