07 December 2008


Club secretary Cathy Ann Look Loy

Guests of honour, other specially invited guests, parents, coaches, well-wishers and above all players of 1. FC SANTA ROSA – this is an overview of our activities over the last year. We are happy to share some of the highlights with you today.

Term I (6 January – 31 March )
Term I began on Saturday 6 January. The annual promotion of boys to higher age groups took place and those boys who were promoted began the process of adjusting to new team mates and coaches. Coaching sessions continued until Saturday 31 March and we were happy to see the eagerness and enthusiasm displayed by the boys. We were also especially happy to have those parents who gave of their time, spending Saturday mornings with us to view their sons’ training sessions. This, we always welcome and encourage.

Financial Assistance

During this term we were assisted financially by two organisations – the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage and Finance Company through Mrs. Cherrie Carraciolo and Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago through Mr. Don La Foucade. A visit was paid by representatives of the TTMF to one of our coaching sessions to make the presentation.
We take this opportunity to thank these institutions and to urge them to continue to lend us support.

Social Development Programme
A decision was taken during this term to re-activate our Social Development Committee. Initial talks were held with our Social Development Officer, Pearl White, Lyndell Williams and Karl Muckette with a view to begin the formulation of a plan of action.

Professional Football League
Significant discussions were also held this term regarding the possibility of participating at the Under 14 and Under 16 levels in the National Professional League. The rationale for this effort was to expose our players to an opportunity to play and compete at the highest possible level. The outcome of these discussions was positive and a report on our participation in this league will be presented by our President in his report.

Republic Bank Easter Holiday Camp
At the end of Term 1, we participated as usual in the Annual Republic Bank Easter Holiday Camp 10-13 age group. Five of our players were selected – namely Deyshawn Edwards, Jordan Devonish, Darnell Fournillier, Anthony Smith and Anthony Alleyne. As is the custom, our players represented themselves and their club well and Darnell Fournillier received both a medal and a trophy for his outstanding participation.

TERM II ( 12 April – 5 July )
This term began with the annual re-entry of the SEA students after their grueling Saturday morning lessons sessions, eager to play football after an absence of one term and sometimes even one year. While they were able to relax, some of the older boys, who were to begin examinations at different levels in this term, had to intensify their academic efforts.

Our U-16 team began, in March, to compete in the PFL. A meeting was held in May with the parents of the players who were to compete at the U-14 level as they were scheduled to start competing in July and had to begin additional training sessions.

The Social Development Committee continued its planning sessions under the guidance of our Social Development Officer. It was felt by the committee that the players should be involved in determining the priority areas that the programme should address. To this end, a questionnaire was prepared and handed out to the boys to be completed. The responses were then collated and a two-year programme was formulated with sessions to begin in Term 3.

As part of this programme, a session was also held with our U-17 age group to distribute and discuss a pamphlet prepared by our Social Development Officer, entitled ‘What’s Next’. This pamphlet provides our young men with information which assists them in making informed choices as they continue their development after leaving secondary school. All of this is in keeping with our Club’s motto ‘Discipline, Industry, Pride’. To quote Pearl in her foreword: “As……institutions”.

Also this term, as part of our Community Outreach Programme, our President personally conducted training sessions with 16 students of the Arima West Primary School. Sessions were held once weekly at the Arima Velodrome and were free of charge.

We participated as usual, in the U-12 age group in the Annual Labour Day Tournament hosted by Sean ‘D’ Best Coaching School and emerged winners in this category. Keishun Seecharan was also awarded a trophy for scoring the most goals. Special congratulations are due to this talented group of players and their coaches.

Our U-17’s participated in the Femi’s tournament at the Tacarigua Hockey Center in May. They also did the club proud coming away with third place medals.

A highlight of this term’s activities was our participation in a coaching clinic held at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Friday 30th. May. This clinic was organized by our President on behalf of the TTFF and included members of the visiting National team of England and our own National team. Because this clinic included such well known names as David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard from England and Carlos Edwards, Dwight Yorke, Dennis Lawrence and Kenwyne Jones from the Trinidad and Tobago National team, it generated quite a lot of excitement. Timothy Rochford and Anderson Veronique were two of the coaches involved and Daniel Richardson, Duane Muckette, Brandon Edwards Jordan Devonish, Deyshawn Edwards and John-Paul Rochford were amongst the players invited. Former members of 1. FC SANTA ROSA, namely Jamal Warner, Keran Look Loy, Jovan Rochford and Marc Look Loy served as assistant coaches on the day.

During this period, there are no formal coaching sessions. Instead, the skills that are learnt during the term are put to the test when the boys participate in various competitions. This year, training sessions and competition games continued for members of the U-14 and U-16 teams who were both involved in the Professional Youth Football League.

TERM III (6 September – 13 December)
Training sessions took place with several new players joining us in all age groups. We also added to our coaching staff, Jason Laban, a former youth member of our club who has recently graduated and returned from abroad. Jason has already settled comfortably into his position. We welcome him officially and look forward to a long relationship with him. Marc Look Loy also served from time to time as an assistant coach.

In October, our U-13’s journeyed to Port of Spain to take part in the annual tournament hosted by Rising Stars Football Club. They won their group but lost the semi-finals placing 3rd. overall. As usual, our standard of play was high and our boys were able to put into practice the skills that they acquired during their training sessions.

Sessions in our Social Development Progamme began in earnest this term. Three sessions were held. The first, held on Saturday 27th. September, was presented by Karl Muckette and dealt with compliance with the law, developing positive attitudes and handling peer pressure. The second, held on October 24th. was presented by Keith Look Loy and dealt with the importance of being focused, planning to succeed and problem solving. Finally, Karl Muckette handled the last session, on November 22nd. which centered around self control, mutual respect, intelligent decision making and spiritual development. These sessions were held for players in the Under 17 and 13 age groups. I take this opportunity to thank our presenters and to thank also those parents who sent their boys out to attend these sessions. I urge those who missed them to ensure that they attend when sessions resume in the new term.

On Saturday 29 November, we had scheduled our 2nd. annual in-house tournament . Much to the disappointment of the boys, however , this tournament was called off due to inclement weather. It will now take place next Saturday and we look forward to seeing all the boys there.

Thanks to the contributions of two of our well-wishers, namely Jimmy Morris and Leon Lopez , we were able to grant internal club scholarships to three deserving boys. We sincerely thank them for their generosity. We sincerely thank also the Warner Group of Companies, for their continued financial assistance. For a donation of balls, we thank Bernard Nicholas, one of our parents and we thank also Anthony Belle who was able to secure a contribution from Hilton Hotel. To David Joseph, our electronics technician this morning, we thank you for continuing to selflessly give of your time and expertise. Last but by no means least, we thank Karl Muckette for his inspiring participation in our Social Development Programme. Bernard, Anthony, David and Karl are all male parents of boys in our club who are always present and who go that extra mile to ensure that they play an integral part in the club to which their sons belong. We salute them, as active and exemplary fathers and urge them to continue setting this fine example.

Every year, at Christmas, as part of our Community Outreach Programme, we present, on behalf of the players
of our club, a Christmas hamper to a deserving family or institution. I take this opportunity to remind all parents to send along a non-perishable item next Saturday to contribute to this hamper .

At this point, I would like on behalf of 1. FC SANTA ROSA, to publicly pay tribute to the father of one of our players who passed away suddenly this year. Anthony Smith Sr. was present at all his son’s competitive games. Not one to be very vociferous, he would stand in the distance quietly but solid as a rock in his support. We will certainly miss his presence. He was another of the exemplary fathers. We express therefore our deepest condolences to his wife, Phyllis and his son Anthony Jr. and wish them the strength and courage to pass safely through this period of mourning.

In closing, I would like to thank all those who have supported us financially and otherwise, on and off the field, during this year and at any time during the last 16 years. I specially thank the authorities of the Arima Senior Comprehensive School for continuing to allow us to use their facilities. This has been our home for the past 16 years and for this we are sincerely appreciative. We express our deepest appreciation to the members of our coaching staff who have continued to discharge their duties with such enthusiasm, efficiency and professionalism. We boast of the finest group of coaches that any club could have and of this we are indeed proud.

Our gratitude goes out to parents and guardians who have continued to support us by entrusting their sons to our care. We thank especially those who helped us to prepare for this function and who are assisting, even as we speak, to organise the refreshments this morning.

On behalf of the President, Coaches, and Social Development Officer of 1. FC Santa Rosa , I thank you all and take this opportunity to extend heartiest compliments of the season to you and very best wishes for a healthy and fulfilling 2009.

Cathy Ann Look Loy