Thirty teams, four more than last year have registered to compete in the ninth annual Waggy-T Super Knockout Football Tournament carded to start next week Saturday at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium.
An official press launch of the premier football event in Grenada was held at the National Stadium on Tuesday for what is described as one of the biggest events on the island.
Tournament organizer Mr Wayne “Waggy-T” Redhead in his remarks said that the event speaks of the commitment that he has for sports as a whole and for football, in particular, noting that after nine years of the tournament he is extremely pleased with the standard and the level of the tournament to date. He extended gratitude to all for their support and commitment, which played an important role in the growth and progress of the tournament.
At the conclusion of this year’s tournament, the winning team will receive a total of eighty-thousand dollars; a cheque for forty thousand dollars from Carib and an all-expense paid trip to St. Lucia to play in the St. Lucia league. They will also receive three thousand dollars as they move up to the finals. Second-placed team will receive twenty thousand dollars from FLOW; plus three thousand dollars as they move up to the final and the third place team will receive six thousand, five hundred dollars plus fifteen hundred dollars as they move up to the finals. Medals and trophies will also be awarded.
Redhead said that at the inception of the tournament some eight years ago the cash prize was ten thousand dollars and for this year’s tournament the total amount of money is over one hundred and thirty thousand dollars.
He spoke of one of the challenges faced in the tournament is that of players’ registration. From this year, as part of a new FIFA ruling, once a player is registered with a particular team he cannot play for another team. The window of transfer was in August so the deadline has passed for player to transfer from one team to another.
CEO of Guardian Group Insurance; Silver Sponsor, Ronald Hughes said that the company has been a consistent sponsor for some years now and has watched with tremendous pride, the development of the tournament given the growing prize monies and the interest it has generated among the population. He said the coupling of football and entertainment is a very noble idea that has worked tremendously. He congratulated Redhead on his idea for the development of football, which main focus is the youth of the nation and expressed how pleased his company is about being part of such an event.
Product Executive- FLOW, (Gold Sponsor)- Anika Davis said that FLOW is proud to be the gold sponsor for yet another year and have pledged their commitment to being a sponsor for the next three years of the tournament
“FLOW has always been keen on the development of the communities and youths in general through sports. This year we are contributing an amount of twenty thousand dollars towards the tournament because we understand the impact and influence that the event has on the upcoming youths in terms of giving them an outlet that they can put their efforts into”, she said.
Sales & Marketing Manager- Carib; (Platinum Sponsor) - Lincoln Baptiste described the tournament as a decade of fantastic sports, which he said has grown over the years and continues to grow in participation and in the quality of football. He noted that the tournament is very much a locally run event and for this, we should be proud.
According to Mr. Baptiste, this is the second biggest entertainment event outside of carnival and applauded the organizer “for a such a brilliant idea”.
“ We at Carib came on board since the inception of an exciting idea as real football is being developed, we are proud to be a sponsor and will continue to be a sponsor in every way we can”, he pointed out