The initiative, called the Seychelles Schools Premier League, was launched on Thursday by the British high commissioner. (Nation of Seychelles)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Boys under 15 from 10 Seychelles secondary schools will take part in a first-ever school-aged league football competition using well-known English Premier League team names.
The initiative, called Seychelles Schools Premier League, was launched Thursday by the British High Commissioner.
During the tournament, 10 secondary schools from the main island of Mahé will dress up as current Premier League teams in the competition, the winner of which will be crowned after 10 weeks.
UK High Commissioner Patrick Lynch said “the league is a shared history, shared values and tonight our shared love for football”.
A draw was held to determine which school would represent which Premier League team. The teams are: Arsenal, represented by Perseverance; Aston Villa by English River; Chelsea by Beau Vallon; Everton by Pointe Larue; Leicester City by Anse Royale; Liverpool by Plaisance; Manchester City by Belonie; Manchester United by the independent school; Tottenham Hotspur du Mont Fleuri; and West Ham by Anse Boileau.
During the ceremony, the teams received the attire and equipment they will use in the tournament, which runs from October 8 to December 3. The competition will take place on weekends at various locations.
The British High Commissioner said the aim of the tournament is to help children build their self-esteem, promote health and exercise, and engage families and the community.
“It’s more than football and it’s more than a season. But, I can tell you that this first season – and the football it brings – is going to be a lot of fun,” said Lynch.
This is not the first inter-school tournament organized in Seychelles, as there are already tournaments organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Seychelles Football Federation.
The Director General of the Football Federation, Georges Bibi, told SNA on Friday that the Seychelles Schools Premier League will not replace existing interschool tournaments, which cater to different age groups.
“This tournament will be for under-15s and is a program organized by the British High Commission. The Federation wishes to host the Cosafa (Council of Southern African Football Associations) Under-15 Championship and this tournament will serve to prepare for it, “says Bibi.
He said that among the prizes for the winners at the end of the year there would be a chance to go to England and even visit the clubs their schools represent.
While the league has only been launched for school on Mahé, teams from Praslin and La Digue, the second and third most populous islands, are expected to launch in November, and a girls’ league in March. ‘next year.