Boys Town already planning for next season


February 03, 2018
File Boys Town FC's Andrew Peddlar (left) is tracked by UWI FC's Fabion McCarthy during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the UWI Mona Bowl last October.

Now that it is almost certain that his team will be playing in the lower league next season, president of Boys' Town Football Club Leon Mitchell has orchestrated a new structure to develop and keep players at the club.

Mitchell's action came after many supporters of the club have voiced concerns over a bevy of home-grown players who are now playing for their arch-rival Arnett Gardens FC.

"Every club must have development programmes in place for its next nucleus of players. We have got to get the under 13s, the under 15s, under 17s in a position so they can find their way up into the first team," Mitchell said. "And we have to avoid players leaving for other clubs. That is why I have put in place a new structure for the administration of football at Boys Town."

Boys' Town have been facing a number of problems for the past three seasons, including not being able to play at their home venue at Collie Smith Drive in Trench Town.


The complex was abandoned because of issues with fencing, water-pump, and an outstanding electricity bill.

It is reported that the management of the club has come to an agreement with the Jamaica Public Service to rectify its outstanding bill.

Mitchell said also that plans are in place to fix the other problems.

"There is no question that whatever happens next year, we have to return to Collie Smith Drive. I have identified a pump already, and we are looking at solar [panels] in terms of how we can not have a heavy electricity bill so that we can train at night. And we are just making sure that our general infrastructure is in place, as well as the development of players," Mitchell said.

He continued: "What is important is that you want players who want to be at the club, and it is right for management to give them the best facility to play football."

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