The football boots were donated by record producer Tristan Palmer Jr to Maverley Hughenden’s senior football team.
Well-known music producer Tristan Palmer Jr will donate 30 pairs of football boots to the Maverley Hughenden senior football team on Thursday as the team prepares to embark on a new season competing in the contest of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Major League. .
“We need to uplift our community. Financial concerns are a major barrier to sport participation for young people, and you know that from football to play there is little to no violence…we want to use that to replace crime. Youth from Ackee Walk, Red Hills Road, Jackson Town are playing for the team to build unity and understanding, and it will bring love back. We want to end the violence,” Palmer said, director of TP Records, to OBSERVER ONLINE.
Tristan Palmer Jr.
He will make the donation on Thursday at the football club grounds.
“By providing high-risk communities with brand new gear, TP Records is doing its part to get more kids off the sidelines and into the game,” added Palmer, who grew up in the city. tough community of Maverley.
Close friends with ace deejay Beenie Man, Palmer is a former student-athlete at Marverley Junior High, so he knows the value of sport for at-risk children. He made the donation on behalf of his independent music label, TP Records.
“I know firsthand the benefits of sport and physical activity throughout life,” Palmer said.
Alphanso Downer, chairman of Maverley Hughenden Football Club, hailed the philanthropic gesture worth $600,000.
“This donation means a lot, as you know it’s a poor community and these guys haven’t been playing football for a while due to the pandemic. The club faces unique challenges as the country is going through a period high inflation, and the corporate entities that we would normally call on, just don’t have enough in their budgets to accommodate us, so that’s a big help for us,” Downer said.
“I was trying to get sponsorship to get the numbers and logo printed on the gears and so far that effort has been unsuccessful. These guys didn’t play football, some of them didn’t play football. just don’t have the right gears – 30 pairs of boots is very important, we can’t play without proper football gear,” Downer added.
The senior football team competes in the KSAFA Major League, a third division football league in Jamaica. The 12 teams that participate in the league are based in the parishes of St Andrew.
Major League competition begins this Saturday.
“It’s the perfect time, every player can get a new pair of shoes,” Downer said.