Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) officials will have to wait until Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia give an update on the reopening of school term in time for the CSEC Examinations, to see if a League will be held, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has taken hold on the country and the globe.
On Thursday, the SSFL president William Wallace chaired a brain-storming zoom session with his executives on the possibility of staging the League this year. However, it was agreed that it will only be when the Prime Minister makes a decision on his May 15 stay-at-home extended deadline, that they will know how to plan.
Dr Rowley’s stay-at-home order is designed to keep non-essential workers at home to fight the coronavirus outbreak which has already killed thousands of people across the world.
The order, coupled with the closing of the country’s borders, have led to a temporary shutdown of schools, thereby preventing students from sitting the Seceondary Entrance Examination (SEA) in April, as well as the CSEC and CAPE examinations.
Coming out of the meeting it was also agreed that officials will attempt to engage in talks with sponsors, with an aim to put them on the alert should there be a tournament this year. Last year the SSFL featured its largest ever partnership arrangements with local and international sponsors, such as Caribbean Sports Cable Network SPORTSMAX, Shell, First Citizens, Coca Cola and Fruta. At the end of last year’s successful tournament which featured a Premiership, Championship, Girls and various youth divisions, a number of premier division players such as St Anthony’s College Kai Phillip and Ronaldo Jacob (Trinity College Moka) among others, were awarded with scholarships to go abroad and study while play the game of football.
The SSFL also has a committee set up to help players interested in securing scholarships with their SAT scores. He said he looks forward hopefully for another football season.