PRESS RELEASE – Over hundred under 11 and under 14 aspiring footballers enjoyed a weekend of football and fun as the inaugural VSADC Capri Sun Football Festival was held at the SAB playing facility on Saturday and Sunday.
It was not all sun throughout the weekend as early morning showers in the north of the island on Saturday resulted in a delayed start for the festival. However, once the weather cleared up the eight (8) participating teams all lined up for the opening match pass lead by the Capri Sun Mascot before action kicked off on the field.
The eight (8) participating youth teams were from six (6) District Football Leagues, namely: Valley Soccer Academy, Flow Lancers FC and host team VSADC from Central Castries, GMC United from Gros Islet, Big Players from Marchand, Ciceron Seagulls SC from South Castries, C.T. Foundation of Roseau Valley and Black Panthers of Soufriere.
The teams competed in under 11 and under 14 age divisions in a two group single round robin format. The top two teams from each of the groups qualified for the semifinals which took place on Sunday.
In the under 11 final, Big Payers won an epic penalty shootout over VSADC after the game was tied 1 – 1 at the end of regulation time. The young VSADC footballers had no less than four chances to seal the victory but were unable to score the winning penalty. Big Players eventually converted the final penalty and earned the distinction of being the inaugural VSADC Capri Sun Youth Football Festival under 11 champions. In the 3rd place playoff for the under 11 Flow Lancers FC won a coin toss over GMC United after the penalty shootout was tied after the sudden death.
In the Under 14 Division final, Valley Soccer defeated Flow Lancers FC 2 goals to 1 in an exciting match featuring two determined teams. In the 3rd place playoff Big Players edged out the host team VSADC 1 goal to nil.
At the prize giving ceremony the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in both divisions received trophies and medals. The players on the winning team in both age divisions received Capri Sun hampers courtesy of Massy Stores. There were a number of individual awards presented to outstanding players:
The U -11 MVP was Jaden Christopher of Big Players, who received the Chef Harry Joseph Memorable Trophy.
Best Goalkeeper was Mervin St. Romain of Big Players
Best Defender was Jaden Christopher of Big Players
Best Midfielder went to Savion Rosemond of VSADC
Best Forward was Mikel Gastang of GMC United.
The U -14 MVP was Adrian Vitalis of Big Players, who received the Chef Harry Joseph Memorable Trophy:
Best Goalkeeper was Jean Michael Laforce of Big Players
Best Defender was Denyl Jn. Baptiste of Valley Soccer Academy
Best Midfielder went to Liam Devaux of Valley Soccer Academy
Best Forward was Adrian Vitalis of Big Players.
At the prize giving ceremony Massy Stores Marketing Manager Miss Sancha Raggie expressed her satisfaction with the success of the Festival and committed that Capri Sun would support the festival in 2017 as the festival was perfectly aligned to the brand message of Capri Sun juices; “naturally fun”
VSADC would like to take the opportunity to thank the sponsors; Capri Sun and Blue Waters, the participating clubs’ parents and spectators who all contributed to the success of the inaugural VSADC Capri Sun Youth Football Festival.