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Values of the beautiful game

The English Romantic poet, John Keats (1795-1821), in his ode To Autumn, described this season in the northern hemisphere as the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”.

In the school system in Trinidad and Tobago, it is the season of inter-school football and this has, indeed, been a season of ‘mists’ with hopefully, a ‘mellow fruitfulness’ to follow, for student-footballers, coaches, managers, parents and school administrators alike.

The ‘beautiful game’ of football and specifically, secondary school football of the 2017 season, has been marred in some cases by administrative carelessness, downright dishonesty and attempts to deceive in one way or another. It has also, conversely, been a season of the glorious maturing of many student-footballers whose talents have been honed by rigorous pre-season training and who have been given the chance to shine on the field of play.

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