Don’t let us end up like Titans! Grande youth team, Duranta, request financial support


“[…] We humbly request your support to make our journey to the Genesis Cup possible. Your contribution will not only benefit our team but also promote football excellence in our community.

“We aspire not to suffer the same fate as the Jaric Titans, and your generosity can help us achieve our dreams…”

Duranta Football Youth Academy president and head coach Devon Bobb sits with his players.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

The following Letter to the Editor is a plea from Sangre Grande-based youth team, Duranta Football Youth Academy, for TT$16,000 for accommodation to participate in the Genesis Cup Under-14 seven-a-side competition in Mandeville, Jamaica:

To the generous public,


I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. As the Duranta Football Youth Academy president, I come to you with an earnest appeal for your financial support.

Our football club has been a beacon of talent and dedication in our community. Over the years, we have nurtured young players, instilled discipline, and fostered a sense of camaraderie.

Duranta Football Youth Academy standout Kriston Alvarez poses with club silverware.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

Our commitment to excellence has been unwavering, and we take immense pride in our achievements.

Fundraising Efforts: We have organized several fundraising events, including cake sales, barbecues, and sweet box drives. These efforts have allowed us to sustain our operations and provide quality training to our players.

However, the challenges we face are significant, especially considering the absence of the Eastern Counties leg of the Republic Bank Cup this year. Thus far we’ve raised $100,000 TTD—with our airfare costing over $90,000 TTD—on our own with no sponsorship in our bid to participate in the Genesis Cup in Mandeville, Jamaica.

We wrote to several businesses who gave us their word. However, at this 99th hour, they have all reneged on the commitments.

Duranta Football Youth Academy players pose with Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach Angus Eve.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

In conjunction with these events, we also held a Peace Walk on Good Friday for two years running.

Our achievements: In 2023, we proudly clinched the title of Republic Bank Cup, Eastern Counties defending champions. Our players displayed remarkable skill and determination, and their victory resonated throughout the football community.

Despite this achievement, we recognize the need for continuous growth and exposure.

The Genesis Cup Opportunity: Our primary goal is to participate in the Genesis Cup in Mandeville, Jamaica. This prestigious international tournament offers a unique platform for both our coaches and players.

The exposure gained from competing against top teams will enhance their skills and broaden their horizons. We believe that this experience will contribute significantly to their development.

Duranta Football Youth Academy players met Tobago-born United States international footballer Shaq Moore at the Shaq Moore Classic in Bacolet.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

Our journey so far: As a testament to our commitment, we participated in various tournaments, including: Open Premier League, Shaq Moore Classic in Tobago, Hayden Tinto Under-9, Concept Under-9 and Under-7, Sweat FC Under-10, Under-12, and Under-14 and Matura Under-14.

We were champions in the Concept Under-7 and Matura Under-14 competitions (2022 and 2023).

The following players will represent Duranta Football at the Genesis Cup:

Duranta Football Youth Academy players take a snap with Trinidad and Tobago and Police FC right back Alvin Jones.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

Zion Williams, Zakai Parks, Isaiah Bobb, Teshawn Preddie, Trey Fraser, Zeshawn Kinsale, Jaheem Beekley, Giovanni Vincent, Ronaldo James, Stefano Lezama, and Neyhemiah Henry.

The travelling staff members are: Devon Bobb, Grace Bobb, Debra Vincent, Tishawn Simon, and Stefan Lezama.

Our Plea: We humbly request your support to make our journey to the Genesis Cup possible. Your contribution will not only benefit our team but also promote football excellence in our community.

Duranta Football Youth Academy players are anxious to participate in the Genesis Cup seven-a-side U-14 tournament in Mandeville, Jamaica this weekend.

We aspire not to suffer the same fate as the Jaric Titans, and your generosity can help us achieve our dreams.

Our departure is scheduled for Friday morning, 24th May 2024. Any assistance you can provide will be deeply appreciated. Together, let’s create opportunities for our youth and celebrate the spirit of football.

Thank you for your consideration.

Trinidad and Tobago international attacker and former Guaya United star Reon Moore (centre) poses with Duranta Football Youth Academy players.
(via Duranta Football Youth Academy)

Sincerely,

Devon Bobb

Duranta Football Youth Academy

Editor’s Note: Duranta Football Youth Academy asks well-wishers to donate to their chequing account at Republic Bank #3208 0092 3401.

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