Get Sharp Soccer ready, eager to provide opportunities for talented Jamaican youths

By Melissa Talbert October 13, 2020

 Not so long-ago Andre Sharpe, the Executive Director of Get Sharp Soccer, hustled on the side just to make ends meet for his family.  These days, as much as anyone, he appreciates how the availability of opportunities can change one’s life for the better.   

Opportunities are exactly what he hopes to provide come December 30th, when he plans to host youth camps in Jamaica and further on, a futsal tournament in the summer of 2021.

The youth camps, it is hoped, will give promising players the opportunity to sharpen their skills. According to Sharpe, the players will be selected by local club coaches who will choose those they believe will benefit most from the unique opportunity. 

While it is undoubtedly an exciting opportunity for the players, it is for the young executive as well.  On one hand, Sharpe is excited about the overall development of football’s future.  Inevitably, however, his mind also shifts back to days not too long past and he wants to ensure the philanthropic efforts of the Cincinnati-based, Get Sharp Soccer, impacts communities in Kingston, Portmore, and Spanish Town.  He is convinced there are many youths who share a similar story to his.

“It was always me, my mom and brother with no father present. I had to step up and be the man of the house at a tender age. I would sell at the market on the weekend to help my mom out with bills around the house,” he recalled of days living in Spanish Town.

For the futsal tournament, four to five teams from Get Sharp Soccer are expected to travel to Jamaica to compete. However, the size of the local teams depend heavily on interest, that is, the number of applications received and the number of sponsors willing to support the event at the time.  Sharpe wants to host the tournament in Kingston, but the exact location remains undecided.

In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, he has assured that all requisite approvals will be sought, and protocols strictly followed for both events.

“We will follow all the health official protocols- have temperature checks for all players upon arrival and all staff will wear masks for the entire duration of the camp.”

 

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