KFC St. Lucia is teaming up with GMC United in a strong show of support for the club and to help give a boost to local football.
GMC United is one of St. Lucia’s leading football clubs. The club which conducts its coaching sessions at the Corinth playing field is affiliated with the Gros Islet Football League. The senior team placed second in the final of this year’s competition. Each year, for the past three years, the GMC senior team has been designated the most disciplined team by the St. Lucia Football Association.
Since its establishment in 2010, six of GMC United’s players have been drafted into the St. Lucia’s national football squad, including three in the Under 15 team, two in the Under 23 team and one national senior player.
KFC St. Lucia and GMC have signed a two-year partnership agreement through which KFC will provide the club’s senior team members with uniforms and assist with its coaching programs. The club will also be rebranded KFC-GMC United.
KFC St. Lucia’s Marketing Officer, Deone Gardner said, “We are very proud to be partnering with GMC United and helping them out with their uniforms. As always, KFC loves supporting initiatives that involve the youth and provides them with a positive avenue to channel their energies and develop their talents. We are all about community and giving back in ways that help to build a stronger and better St. Lucian society, especially for the younger generation.”
President of GMC United, Daran Gaspard expressed deep gratitude for the support from KFC.
“We are extremely excited to have KFC come on board by sponsoring the senior team for the next two years,” said Gaspard. “Their support will assist us greatly with our training and coaching programs.”
Currently the club operates a full academy on Saturdays at the Corinth playing field from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and welcomes both children and young adults. “We don’t turn away kids who wish to join but can’t afford the small monthly subscription fee. Depending on their circumstances we are willing to assist them with waivers. We also help a lot of preschools in the Corinth community with football training. We love being involved in the community,” said Gaspard.
Michelle Ribot, GMC’s marketing and fund raising officer is quite thrilled that KFC has embraced the club and she too has expressed appreciation for the company’s sponsorship.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from KFC St. Lucia. We are trying to adopt a more holistic approach to the nurturing of our members by incorporating all aspects of their development, including their education. We are exploring the possibility of assisting them with scholarships. We also encourage them to get involved in fund raising activities to help pay for air travel tickets so they can participate in overseas tournaments,” said Ribot.
Last year GMC organised a summer camp at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex for its members in collaboration with the UWI Cavehill Campus and brought down coaches from Europe to assist with training. Three of the youths were subsequently invited to Cavehill for scholarship trials. In addition, several of the club’s members got the opportunity to participate in a Christmas camp in Trinidad in collaboration with T&T’s Malabar Superstars.
The GMC United team has also participated in the Dallas Cup, the most prestigious football tournament in the U.S. which attracts teams from all over the world.
“We are really trying to push forward to support the future of our players. We are looking at the development of the child. We come from the perspective of a lot of love and family-like togetherness and a passion for football. This has been our joy as an organisation. At the end of the day the magic of football is something that both children and adults can carry into the future, in terms of learning to be disciplined, and developing team spirit and sportsmanship,” Ribot added.