Parents and coaches concerned over restart of schoolboy football

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Jordan Forte

Like most other local sporting activities, high school football is now in a quandary as to the way forward amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some stakeholders are still concerned about the prospects of even having pre-season training with the virus still a threat.

There is optimism that the 2020 schoolboy football season will go ahead, but the lingering thoughts of insufficient resources could jeopardize the pride and joy of high school footballers.

For vice president of the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), Stewart Jacobs, there has to be major assurances given by ISSA for parents to be satisfied. Professor at the University of the West Indies, Dr Rachael Irving also agrees.

Schools have been granted the permission to start training as of July 1, but in smaller groups than usual.

Meanwhile, Kemar Ricketts, the coach of Ben Francis Cup holders BB Coke High, says stipulations that suggest reduced spacing in camps make it difficult for schools with less finances.

Jacobs says the (NPTAJ) at this stage wants more priority placed elsewhere, if sports will burden the students.

ISSA is expected to meet on Tuesday with the general principal body to discuss the way forward.



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