After breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.
FIFA wants to double worldwide participation in women’s soccer to 60 million by 2026, the governing body announced in its inaugural ‘global strategy’ for the women’s game.As part of the goals which were revealed by Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s first female Secretary General, the global organisation has also set out plans to introduce a women’s equivalent to the men’s Club World Cup.The men’s competition, which has existed since 2000 and brings together the winners of each region’s continental tournament, was won by Real Madrid in 2017. One such suggestion put forward by the new strategy has been described as a ‘FIFA Women’s World League’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Other competition proposals presented include an increase in the number of youth development tournaments, as well as a women’s FIFA futsal event.The governing body has also set further targets in terms of participation, with a desire to double the number of member associations that have organised youth leagues for women in place by 2026.In addition, the strategy seeks to grow the influence of female executives, with every member association expected to have at least one woman on their respective executive committees by 2026, while FIFA itself is to ensure that at least one third of its own committee members are female.Samoura said: “We will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football.“Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.”The announcement of the plans comes just days after the shortlist for women’s soccer’s first ever Ballon d’Or was revealed. England pair Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby have both been nominated.