Sports are often used as a way to reach out to youths in a society. And for one community in Corozal Town, particularly San Andres Village, PUP Standard Bearer for Corozal North David Castillo and sports enthusiasts have partnered to organize a 6 a side football competition. Organizers say the David Castillo Football Cup aims to fill this void in a sport-centric context, which has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful community-wide change.
DAVID CASTILLO – Corozal North, Standard Bearer
“Am very happy to see today that we have many teams that have registered you know, it is about 28 teams, it is unprecedented that Corozal has so many teams participating in a competition, so it is very gratifying seeing many young people participating and Mr Sheppard has come about simply with the petition of our young people and for so long the Corozal Constituency haven’t had these activities and the young people wanted something even though I am not elected, even though I am not at an official capacity we saw the need in putting this together because I can recall in our times we had sports going and we didn’t give the players a rest and certainly it is important to look at our young people, they are the future of our constituency, the future of our country so as leaders we need to put these programs in place you know and certainly I am committed to continue supporting such programs.”
ANTONIO ZETINA –
“It was still for a little while but as the Chairman always said sports is the thing right here and we have to big it up and it is good it is happening again specially with Mr Castillo and we need the youths to be active and for them to come out of the streets, the footballer who I appreciate very much and I had two teams who will participate and I had to split them and I am glad and I hope we make it up to the finals because I want meet up the Orange Walk Champs.”
Glenford “Choco” Melvin
“Nothing is happening for the youths and everywhere we go specially with Mr Dave Castillo our Standard Bearer for the PUP this coming election that, the cry out here for the youths is that nothing is happening for the sports and the one who really is in charge is not performing so as a coordinator I told Mr Castillo you know what let us do something and let us put a nice cash prize and let us give the team a break to come in.”
28 teams have signed up for the tournament and on Sunday 7 games were played. The hope is to increase the impact of football as a tool for social development, peace and social change.
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