The TT Super League closed its curtains on the CFTL League Cup with a pulsating final on Saturday 18 November where Guaya United were crowned champions after a 3-1 victory over a spirited Prisons FC outfit.
The atmosphere at the Ato Boldon Stadium was electric as coach Ron La Forest’s “Green Army,” geed up by their hundreds of travelling supporters, were able to produce the come-from-behind win.
But the tale on the pitch, was not the only important story that unfolded at the Couva venue.
Founded on the motto, Clubs.Communitites.Country, the TT Super League ensured that a wide cross section of the Trinidad and Tobago community was represented at the finals by inviting the children from the Focus Football Coaching Academy (FFCA) to be the official mascots to escort the players out of the tunnel and onto the field.
Focus Football, an arm of the Focus on the Community Foundation, caters to children with disabilities and it was truly a special night for them to be a part of the League Cup finals.
“Having the kids from FFCA come over, be part of the finals night proceedings and walk out onto the pitch, further emphasizes the league’s commitment to have all walks of society, regardless of differences, be part of football development and football inclusion in Trinidad and Tobago, ” TTSL League Secretary Camara David passionately told TTSL Media.
“Community involvement is one of the major components of the success that the TTSL has experienced thus far and this is just another testament to that.”
Focus Football operates weekly out of St Ann’s and for many of the children, it was a unique and uplifting experience.
Focus on the Community director Aalon Lewis stated, “this was a great opportunity for the kids to feel what the big stage is like.”
“The parents were elated that there is an avenue that their kids could be themselves and be involved directly or indirectly in sport. It’s all about new experiences for them.”
“The kids love that they are getting to mingle and make new friends while doing the sport that they love.”
Lewis continued, “opportunities are sorely lacking for people with disabilities – down syndrome, autism, visual impairment, etc. in our society so it was really fantastic that the TT Super League was able to accommodate us. They have embraced our motto which is “Play 4 Inclusion.”
The TTSL and its Secretariat are committed towards the holistic development of communities by using sport as an agent of positive change.
Individuals with disabilities need only the opportunity to unlock their individual potential and we encourage all to simply offer them that as we all Play 4 Inclusion.