KFC has continued its support for development of Barbadian football with the sponsorship of the Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy, a move which coach and director, Fernando “Burga” Best has described as “so good” for the academy.
The sponsorship deal was completed in time for the Youth Soccer Academy’s participation in the just concluded Barbados Cup, and an official presentation of the new kit took place at KFC’s Restaurant on Collymore Rock, St. Michael. Three teams which participated in the competition’s under-13, 15, and 17 age group categories received uniforms presented by KFC’s Andrena McCarthy.
“KFC is committed to giving back to the youth of our communities, and we are therefore pleased to sponsor the Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy whose dedication to the youth of this community is truly deserving of our support,” McCarthy stated.
Expressing heartfelt thanks to KFC, coach Best said while they had reaped some success without sponsorship, KFC’s support was a welcome development especially for the club’s young members.
“As KFC slogan says, this is ‘so good’. It is so good to see KFC come on board because over the past three years I have been running without a sponsor, and when the marketing manager from KFC, Lisa (Davis) agreed to come on board with the academy, it was a great feeling to see that you could be doing great things in the community, and that somebody could acknowledge the work you are doing.”
Best, a former championship winning player with the Pineland’s based side Regents, who has also previously won the Barbados Cup as a coach, was also full of praise for the role played by MP for St. Michael South East, Santia Bradshaw, whom he said worked behind the scenes to help the academy sign the KFC sponsorship.
“She loves the kids and although she has gone to high office, she has not forgotten the youth of the pinelands community,” Best stated. (PR)††