by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): President of the St Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), Mr. Atiba Harris made a presentation to the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School in Gingerland Nevis on Monday (March 7, 2022). The school received various sporting equipment to assist with the Physical Education Programme at the school and also for the development of football in the Federation beginning at the grassroots level.
According to Harris, the series of presentations began at the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School because his family is rooted in the Gingerland area.
“I started here in Gingerland because my family is rooted here. My mother, grandmother [are] rooted here in Gingerland, so I see this as home for me and hopefully, this will go a long way in helping the development of football and a partnership with Nevis, so that we can join forces and become totally united as St. Kitts and Nevis has to continue to grow and develop the sport of football in the Federation.”
During the presentation ceremony, Harris encouraged the girls at the school to partake in football and emphasised the benefits that can be derived from sports in general.
“I am here this morning to basically donate some football boots and other equipment. As you can see, the colour pink,(pointing at the football boots)I see a lot of females around here and I want to encourage you girls, to start playing football.”
He added, “So along with the football boots, we’re gonna donate from the SKNFA [and] the Nevis Football Association. This is just a start of a journey to encourage you to be active and hopefully, football is your choice of sport. Stay active because football can take you to different places; sports in general along with your education.”
Education Officer for the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School, Mr. Shefton Liburd, accepted the donations and expressed gratitude on behalf of the school and the Department of Education, Nevis.
“I wish to express my gratitude to the St Kitts – Nevis Football Association and through you (Atiba Harris) of course for the timely donation. We indeed see your vision, in the hope that this will go a long way in developing a thriving football fraternity in our school and by extension in Nevis and St. Kitts. Thank you very much.”
The principal of the school, Barbara Hendrickson also used the opportunity to express gratitude to the SKNFA, noting that she is longing to see the football cleats on the feet of the children.
Also present at the ceremony were the staff and students of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School, the Physical Education Officer, Mr. Eutroy Liburd and Ms. Tasha Parry Secretary at the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association.