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Part II of a survey of football scholarships in Trinidad and Tobago.
The T&T Police Department (TTPS) approached the state-owned National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) in 2019 seeking $ 1 million in sponsorship to offset the costs associated with the Cup. commissioner.
The request was made during a presentation in early 2019 to the NLCB by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who was armed with an invoice dated May 27, 2019 submitted by the Football Factory Foundation (FFF) led by the national coach of Terry Fenwick era football.
The FFF is a charitable sports organization run by Fenwick, which partnered with TTPS in 2019 to host the Commissioner’s Cup.
The May 27 invoice submitted by Fenwick and addressed to TTPS indicated a cost of $ 995,000 for being retained by TTPS as coordinator / consultant for the Cup.
The breakdown of the invoice was as follows:
* Scholarship mobilization costs: $ 100,000
* Administrative staff salaries — $ 190,000
* Technical staff salaries — $ 235,200
* Equipment, uniforms — $ 250,000
* Marketing and promotions — $ 100,000
* Rental, maintenance and security of Academy grounds: $ 49,200
* Transportation ($ 70,800).
NLCB rejected request for $ 1 million
Speaking to the Sunday Express on May 31, NLCB Chairman Eustace Nancis said the NLCB supported the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup but was unable to donate the requested million dollars.
“The first year of the (Cup), we sponsored an allocated amount. No, they (TTPS) didn’t get the million. We can only give what was our internal limit. Further approval for more money should come from the relevant authority (Ministry of Finance), ”Nancis said.
The house limit at the time was $ 150,000.
Although he did not get the lion’s share of the sponsorship requested, by memorandum dated July 1, 2019, addressed to the TTPS Chief Financial Officer under the subject “Approval of Mobilization Payment: Football Factory Foundation”, Griffith signed and ordered that the FFF be paid almost $ 0.3 million.
“Please note that approval has been granted for the sum of two hundred and ninety-eight thousand five hundred ($ 298,500) for the mobilization of the Commissioner’s Cup. See attached the unpaid Football Factory Foundation invoice, ”Griffith wrote.
Rush to improve football, hockey fields
Questions have also been raised over the free use of the two football pitches and a hockey field at the Police Academy, St James Barracks, for national team training after Fenwick’s appointment as as a national coach.
Catch-up work on these two fields has started without funds being available. Quotes have been obtained and orders for construction materials have been placed.
TTPS borrowed money from their sports club, promising to repay within ten months.
The Sports Club is funded by its members (police officers) who pay a monthly contribution through payroll deductions of $ 20.
On February 26, 2021, the US company Henko Adhesives and Tools invoiced TTPS Sports Club US $ 11,607.
On March 26, 2021, Superior Landscaping and General Contracting Co Ltd of Gasparillo billed Sports Club $ 97,312.50.
A cost breakdown includes:
* 200 tons of silica sand from Guyana — $ 70,000 (per ten tons)
* Transportation of silica sand (per ten ton load) – $ 15,000
* A loader rental — $ 1,500
Subtotal: $ 86,500
VAT: $ 10,812.50
Total: $ 97,312.50
In addition, on March 31, 2021, Superior billed the Sports Club $ 136,687.50 as follows:
* 9,000 square meters – shock absorber installation – $ 40,500
* 9,000 square meters – synthetic turf installation – $ 45,000
* 9,000 square meters – to coat the turf surface with silica sand and brush in the turf fiber as recommended by the supplier (14 kg per square meter) – $ 36,000
* Duration of work: 2-3 weeks
Overall total with VAT – $ 136,687.50
Memo for funds
In a note dated February 25, 2021, Sports Club Secretary General Inspector Joshua Pierre wrote to Griffith under the heading “Hockey Field Improvement and Associated Costs”.
Pierre referred to a letter written by Griffith dated February 8, 2021 requesting over $ 600,000 for this project.
Pierre replied: “The Management Committee of the Club Sportif Police held its monthly meeting on Wednesday February 24, 2021 via Zoom. Your request has been presented to the committee by the Secretary General for debate and decision.
After the committee’s opinion by the Secretary General, a decision in principle was taken to contribute $ 342,000 to the associated costs of the project with the following stipulation for discussion and final agreement.
“This money will be a loan from the Divisions and Branches Fund. 1. A memorandum of understanding for the repayment of the loan granted.
The money was loaned to the TTPS on two conditions: that the TTPS submit a signed statement stating that the loaned money will be repaid as soon as the Sports Department released the funds, and due to Griffith’s rushed request, a screening commercial be presented showing how the sums can be repaid within ten months of the loan.
On March 5, 2021, TTPS research planning and project implementation manager Salisha Gomes Andrews wrote to Pierre thanking him for the club’s financial support of $ 342,000.
Freeco for Fenwick
In the past, rent was paid for the use of TTPS football fields.
In some cases, rental fees have been waived based on individuals or organizations wishing to use it. These decisions are taken by the management committee.
However, the use of the grounds was free for the national team under Fenwick. Previously, training sessions for the T&T senior men’s team always took place at the Couva-based Ato Boldon Stadium or Hasely Crawford Stadium. The no-cost arrangement was made without the involvement of the management committee, the Express was told.
The Steering Committee of the Sports Club has also been informed that the Sports Ministry is keen to join the sports initiative and is committed to providing financial support.
The Commissioner’s Cup
It was a sporting event presented as a tool in the fight against crime.
Entitled the “Commissioner’s Cup Football Tournament,” the initiative was a collaborative effort of TTPS through its community policing unit, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and the FFF.
Griffith then described the goal as enabling individuals in communities to obtain football scholarships abroad through the FFF.
At the launch on March 19, 2019, Griffith told media: “Sport, especially football, can serve as a catalyst to build stronger and closer communities and create a talent pool for future TTPS football teams and , by extension, the nation. “
Griffith said: “This initiative will help minimize harmful activity within communities, encourage personal development while encouraging greater discipline among players and fostering camaraderie between teams.”
A TTPS statement later today said the Commissioner’s Cup would play a vital role in promoting national development as players attached to 46 youth clubs across the country would take part in 75 matches that culminate in a final. major.
Among the main prizes listed was the opportunity to receive UK football scholarships through the FFF and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the final would have the opportunity to travel with the TTFA for an international friendly at abroad.
Fenwick, who was also present at the launch, said: “This is a great opportunity to promote football as a method of community inclusion. The Football Factory Foundation will provide all technical aspects of the program and oversee a final weekend which we hope can take place in early 2021. This is a project that revolves around a commitment to young people at the local level who can channel their energies in a positive way.
The FFF has been selected to partner with the TTPS on 25 other T&T football clubs.
Fenwick was appointed by the TTFA in December 2019 as the head coach of the Senior Men’s National Team.