Pictures: William Knibb Past Students Donate Football Gear to School for 2016 Season

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For the second consecutive year, past students of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Martha Brae, have donated football gear to the school. This is in time for the 2016 DaCosta Cup season.

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The gear includes 30 pair of boots, socks, balls, shin guards, gloves and more. They were presented at an unofficial meet and greet of past students and current players at the school on Tuesday, August 9.

Akeem Belford (captain) accepts some of the gear on behalf of the school

Akeem Belford (captain) accepts some of the gear on behalf of the school

Accepting the gifts on behalf of the school was Vice Principal Lorna Jackson (former William Knibb Head Girl) as well as captain Akeem Belford. Miss Jackson was accepting on behalf of Principal Alicia Morgan-Broomfield, herself also an old girl of the institution.

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Garnet “Codfish” Denton and Kevin “Keegan” Simpson

The gear was donated by several past students at home and abroad and the collection was coordinated by two notable former DaCosta Cup representatives: Garnet ‘Codfish’ Denton and Kevin ‘Keegan’ Simpson.

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Coach Cassman “Jazzbo” Williams

The meeting was hosted by past student Dave Larkin, who is the manager of the DaCosta Cup team. The team is coached by Cassman ‘Jazzbo’ Williams (past student and former National representative), who returns to coaching his Alma mater after a 2-year break.

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The initiative began last year after an appeal to help the DaCosta Cup team. This year, there is now an intention to co-ordinate all past students of the school to assist the institution financially and even going as far as visiting the school and mentoring the kids.

Vice Principal Lorna Jackson William Knibb Memorial High

Vice Principal Jackson appealed to the past students on hand, that they are free to visit the school and mentor to the children. She said the predominantly female staff has its hands full dealing with the students. She said many do not have a father figure at home; when they come to school, it is the same. She said there is need for the past students to play a greater role, but that should not only be limited to financial contributions.

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William Knibb Memorial High School past students and teacher Grantley Moseley (front right).

Informal plans were made to organize an action group aimed at getting old students and well wishers to give back to the school. This will start with a Facebook Page or group to co-ordinate the efforts.

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Akeem Belford receives the award for most disciplined player, tied with Aundre Williams

There were also awards and cash incentives given to current players. This was divided into 2 categories:

  1. Discipline
  2. Academics
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Aundre Williams receives his award for most disciplined player, tied with Akeem Belford.

The Garnet ‘Codfish’ Denton Trophy for discipline was presented to both Aundre Williams and Akeem Belford, captain of the team. Belford, a midfielder, is the son of former William Knibb midfielder Ian Belford, who is a former national representative.

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Leonardo Rennie receives the award for the best student player (Academics).

Kevin ‘Keegan’ Simpson presented the Cordella Reid Simpson Award for Academics to Leonardo Rennie. This award is in honor of Simpson’s late mother, a former teacher at Granville All-Age School.

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Refreshments were provided by old boy (former DaCosta Cup striker) Brandis HoSang of HoSang’s restaurant in Falmouth.

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