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CBF Gives 400 Scholarships to League Players

The Craig Bellamy Foundation (CBF) has presented scholarship packages to 400 boys that are playing in both the U-12 and U-14 leagues in the Freetown Municipality.
Each of the 400 boys parents or guardians received Seventy Five Thousand (Le 75.000) totaling Thirty Million Leones at the Government Model Secondary School at Berry Street.
According to the CBF’s League Manager Harriette Rothwell, the 400 boys were selected from ten teams, which include Promising Stars FC, Skye Rangers FC, Portuguese Town FC, Area Best FC, High Tension FC, Malcolm FC, Bolton National FC, Africanus FC, East End Eagles FC and Mercury FC.
She stated further that the scholarship package was given to the boys as a way to demonstrate their appreciation and to encourage the boys to continue doing well in not only the league but also in the educational aspect of their career. “Today is one of the rewarding parts of the season for 400 league players in the U-12 and U-14 categories in Freetown. 40 boys from each of the 10 named teams of which 20 boys from each the two (U-12 and U-14) categories. She added “We want to encourage the boys to take not only their football career very serious but also their education which I believe is the most important aspect in their lives because they cannot succeed to become professionals without education”.
Rothwell further disclosed: “We have issued 400 scholarships to boys and 120 scholarships to girls in Kenema, in Bo Town we issued 400 scholarships in total, and Makeni a total of 640 scholarships were also issued to league players representing different teams in the CBF’s league.
“We normally select players to go to the academy based on the performance in the league which is not only based on how you play but your behavior and dedication towards CBF activities”.
For her own part a parent of one of the beneficiaries Kadiatu Bangura, expressed thanks and appreciation to the CBF for their support towards her child’s quest which is to educate and become a professional footballer in future. “This is not the first time I am receiving scholarship package for my child from the CBF and I believe this gesture is really motivating not only to the child but also give us the parents courage to put pressure on the boys to take up their education and football career very serious,” she said.
“I feel very good and proud to become one of the beneficiaries because it shows that I am really doing well,” Abu Bakarr Kamara a beneficiary said.

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