Insports launches football, netball competitions
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has always espoused gender equality.
She seems to want to spread that message to children at primary schools as she has ensure that the prize money for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) primary school football and netball competitions are the same.
"We have increased the prize money for the football competition to $200,000," she said at the launch of the competitions yesterday at the National Indoor Sports Complex. "We have always talked about gender equality and not only are we saying that the girls' money should increase, but we are saying that they should get the same amount as the boys, and therefore, their prize money has increased to $200,000 also."
Almost 400 primary schools from all 14 parishes are registered to take part in the 2018-19 INSPORTS Primary School football and Netball competitions.
The schools will be zoned in their various parishes, with Portmore being treated as a separate zone from St Catherine.
The competitions, which will be running concurrently, are set to kick off on November 13 at the parish level in round robin formats.
The winners of each parish will qualify for the national round, where they will play in a knockout format until a champion is crown. The national round will start on January 11 and ends on February 1.
INSPORTS has now made it mandatory for girls to take part in the football competition.
Each team must have at least five girls registered on their teams and a girl must always be on the field for the duration of the 60- minute game.
Grange also announced that within the next three years, coaches at the primary-school level will all need to be certified in order to participate in the competition.