Saturday morning was the launch of the Eastern Division, Gang resistance education and training (G.R.E.A.T) cup 2020 at the Wilton Cumber Batch field. It is a seven-week football marathon that aims to engage children in recreational activities. The children will also learn conflict mediation, conflict resolution, and communication skills. Love News spoke to Zunubio Coc, commanding officer for community policing in the Eastern division and mentioned all the organizations working with the selected children.
Zunubio Coc, Commanding Officer, Community Policing Eastern Division: “That is a program that we implement at the school and because of that we don’t just go to the school but equally important we have outdoor activities and that is one way we can also mingle with these kids and have them compete and meet other kids within the area especially within the Belize district. The participants for this tournament we have youths from precinct one, precinct two, precinct three and precinct four and we also have Ladyville and Hattieville. The ones selected they are either G.R.E.A.T students or cadets between the ages of nine and fourteen so we have that age range and this tournament will go for the next seven weeks and it will be right here. To avoid them especially with the idea of joining gangs they will be able to be in a position to resist in joining any gangs and also to build a closer relationship with police officers and also their coaches and get to mingle with other youths within the Belize district. With the jersey and also the trophies you see some big trophies there in the background that is sponsored by the US Embassy in Belize so thanks to them, they are the ones who actually honor these equipment and football and also the jersey and the trophies, they are the ones who actually assist us with that. Coming on to the feeding the YTC project Ms.Ferguson they will be the ones to actually provide the meals for these cadets and also water and any other things that we need especially for these kids.
Reporter: Anything else you would like to add?
Zunubio Coc, Commanding Officer, Community Policing Eastern Division: “I just want to extend a big thank you to all the parents who allowed their kids to be a part of this program because it is a very very important program in their life so you might not see the big impact but there is a big impact and these kids are excited; from last week they are calling they want to know when the game will begin and today is a big day for them.”
After the seven-week period, a closing ceremony will be held to distribute trophies and medals.