The Barbados Football Association (BFA) is set to host a motorcade to bring greater awareness to the game heading into the 2020 domestic season and honor the FA’s national teams.
President Randy Harris explained the idea behind the motorcade was primarily to build new interest in the BFA’s Premier League season, which is set to kick off on February 1 where all footballers would be Kicking for Cancer.
“We are trying to build an interest in the Premier League Football Tournament. We see that tournament as a way to get some of these youngsters serious about the game and being able to benefit in some way. We’re having the motorcade to bring this awareness so the public will come and support the game in Barbados,” he said.
After a four-year lull, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme took the 2019 championship from defending champions Weymouth Wales in an exciting two-game finish, which ended 5-4 to the soldiers on aggregate.
The St Ann’s Fort based team finished top of Zone 2 on 52 points, while Wales, who topped Zone 1, finished on 41 points in second place. The UWI Blackbirds kicked their way into third place after defeating Empire 5-1 in their final game last season.
Last year’s promotes Porey Spring, Barbados Soccer Academy, St Andrew Lions and Youth Milan also held their own during the 22-matches played throughout the season.
Meanwhile, members of all national teams will also, be present during the motorcade.
At the end of 2019, the Senior National Men posted an international record of four wins and two losses, along with their League B qualification in the Concacaf Nations League and a shot at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
This after they topped Group A in League C of the Nations League competition. And while they finished on 12 points, the same as the Cayman Islands Turtles, the Tridents advanced on goal difference.
Not to be outshone, the Under-17 Women also had an exceptional showing in the Concacaf Under-17 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. The girls wore their hearts on their sleeves and brought the fight to the war, where they finished second behind Belize in Group C of that competition.
And while the Senior Women may not have made it onto the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Caribbean Qualifying Competition, they were in fine form in their Group B matches during the tournament held at the Jamaica National Stadium.
The younger Under-17 National Team also held their own at the IMG Academy at the Concacaf Under-17 Championships in May.
The motorcade, set for Saturday, January 25, 2019, will see all top-flight teams of the BFA take center stage and assemble at Deacons Hard Court, where they will push off at 2 p.m. where they are expected to touch the homes of the FA’s Premier League teams.
From there they will proceed to the Mighty Grynner Highway, Fontabelle, Cheapside, Broad Street, Bridge Street, Bay Street and pass in front of the Barbados Defence Force, home of last year’s Premier League champions, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme.
They will travel along Hastings and Worthing Main Roads, enter Dover, home of Paradise FC, before exiting at Maxwell Main Road.
From there they will continue along Graeme Hall onto the ABC Highway to Newton Roundabout. Turn left at Coral Ridge, onto Windsor Junction, Brighton, Ellerton, Carmichael and Salters.
The entourage will make its way through The Belle onto My Lord’s Hill, Welches, Tweedside Road before passing through Carrington Village, the home of Wales, before ending at Weymouth Playing Field.
The activity scheduled to end at 6 p.m.
Music will be provided by DJs Daddy Biggz and Gunner of Hott 95.3 FM with lots of giveaways and surprises in store.