Show me the money! Will goal bonus improve schoolboy football?
With all the excitement from the increase in sponsorship leading up to today's kick-off of the 2018 ISSA/Wisynco daCosta Cup season, coaches of participating schools weighed in on whether increased sponsorship will improve the quality of football, and if the new $500 price tag now on each goal scored will result in more goals this season.
Vassell Reynolds, coach of Rusea's High School, believes the investments made by sponsors is motivation to all.
"Well, additional sponsor is always a plus and should serve as a motivating factor for all, especially seeing that companies are willing to invest in their development," said Reynolds.
"Well with that incentive, it should encourage the players to work much harder, and, hopefully make that special effort to score more goals. It's one area of concern in our local football. So this, I think, is another way that will place as additional motivation to improve in that area," he added.
Coach of Garvey Maceo, Merron Gordon, who believes the product in itself is very good, said it's tricky to see how the money would affect the product from the outside.
"I think the product shown to the public by the media is excellent. However, I still don't see how the money is going to let the boys do better, because I don't think money is being issued to the schools to help with the programme," said Gordon.
"I don't think so. The ultimate thing in football is to score goals so people are going to try score goals nonetheless. It's good to get a reward at the end for scoring goals, so it is a good thing," he added.
Xavier Gilbert, coach of Dinthill Technical, believes the investments made by the sponsors will add to the product as well as we could see more goals than before.
"Yes, a lot more is at stake so definitely that will improve the product. The greatest thing to also improve the product is the playing facilities and coaches. With that being said, the investment will force schools to find the best set of coaches to prepare their teams," said Gilbert.
"I can't say it will, however, it is a motivating factor and will suit teams and players to want to score more goals," he added.
Andrew Edwards, coach of Manchester High School, said he is giving the investment time to prove its worth.
"I don't know if the money is being spent in a manner that will improve the product, so we will just have to wait and see. If it means that the games are better marketed, then that doesn't mean a better product, just better spectacle," said Edwards.
"It is an incentive, and as they say, 'Incentives sweeten labour,' so we would want to believe that. So we will just have to give it time to see how it works," he added.