East End kids kicked it

It doesn’t take much to prod kids into sports.

With their seemingly limitless reserves of energy they will gladly tire themselves out on the field.

That idea became reality on May 30 when Sport For All through football went off in East End.

Sport For All is the brainchild of Director of Sports Dalton Watler. Its main purpose is to foster healthy physical activity and national unity.

More than 50 youngsters showed up to the East End football field to play some spirited football.

Among those present was East End resident and U19 basketball star Tikko Moore.

The youngsters would have no hiccups from the weather as it was a sunny, hot day throughout.

In a unique twist the kids were organized into teams representing some of their favourite European clubs with names such as AC Milan, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Thiago Cunha the teams played three games each from 9:30-11:30am.

After a lunch break the teams played a series of playoff games that wrapped up at roughly 2pm. Team AC Milan would come out on top.

The top three scorers during the competition were Andrew Browning (seven goals), Chad Bodden (five) and Jeval McLaughlin (three).

Coaches voted Casey McLaughlin MVP on the day, Jelius Connor was named ‘cleanest player’, Chad Bodden earned most improved player and Marcos S. was named ‘Sport For All player’.

Among the coaches who aided Cunha on the day were Dexter Benliss, Rico Bodden, Carl Furrer, Darcia Hamilton, Jamal McLaughlin, Rodrick Pearson, Demione Rankin and Keron Watler.

Cunha was pleased with the way things turned out on the day.

‘East End Sport For All was a beautiful day. The children of East End really enjoyed the day. I would like to say congratulations to Dalton Watler and Collin Anglin for all their effort and organization.

‘Congratulations also to Anthony Frederick and all of the coaches for their efforts and instruction.’