A PORT IN A STORM

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Let me for the sake of clarification, respond to what has become a deliberate attempt to frustrate the good wishes of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association and The St.Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla National Bank.

As we speak, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is facing a quiet storm. This storm happens to be young males becoming more and more violent and less and less tolerable of their peers. Turf war is very prevalent among the many small communities across the two island state. The use of gang names such as Crypts and Bloods has crept into the social conscience of the youth. The ability to reason among the youths are fast eroding. Schools have tried. Government programs have tried and some parents have tried. The only thing left to try is the avenue called sports!!!

And here it was where some well-wishers and good thinking kittitians came up with a plan to use the corridors of football to reach this quiet storm. It became a reality when the National Bank said yes to the cry and gave some $64,000 E.C to the idea of starting an Under 13 Football Program aimed at steering these young minds in a direction that many have failed to do.

Thanks to the people who brainstormed this idea, the program is more than just football. At the end of each and every game the boys sit together and fellow ship with a nice meal prepared by the host team. Before every game, the boys are greeted with words of wisdom and good guidance by many speakers who have jumped at the idea of speaking to the youths. I was even told that Mr. Washington Archibald became emotional while speaking to some of these boys because of the interaction he received from them. Now tell me…is this not good for St. Kitts and Nevis????

Another section of the program is to teach these young minds life skills. One of the aspects of these skills is how to save and bank money. So as I understand it, the football committee ask that every child who will be taking part in the tournament will open a bank account with the $25.00 E.C they would have paid to the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association for registration. What is so wrong with that??? Please tell me. I did not have an account until I was 25 years old.

The committee took this proposal to the bank and the bank decided to match the idea by giving the man of the match for each game a stipend that will go directly to his account. So when people writing and saying things about the right to choose bank and barred from participating, that is not so. People are taking personal feelings and views and barring children from taking part in this program. St. Pauls is making the news for all the wrong reasons right now. So who needs what and who needs it more? Take the kids out of big people issues and let them experience social binding. Maybe and only maybe then, St. Pauls will start to be in the news for all the right reasons once more.

Let me close out by reminding all level heads who would have read this, that St. Pauls was one of the first to register some 17 boys into this program. The parents paid their monies upfront because of the wishes they have for their children. The children actually, as I understand correctly, took part in the march pass to declare the league open. So then what is the real problem?? Look closer and you will see that the real attempt is to frustrate the sponsorship and future endeavors of The St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla National Bank and The St.Kitts-Nevis Football Association.

Ms. V. Harris

Concerned parent.

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