Bid to bring Centenary Shield football to Springfield

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Mackenzie, who attended a Schools Association’s Football International Board meeting last year, said: ‘The tournament is currently played in the various countries over a period of around six weeks.

The board have asked me to look into the viability of staging the whole tournament in Jersey over one week and I’m current looking into that.

‘If it happens it would be fantastic, not only for football but for Tourism as well because the tournament is currently televised.’

And Scotland School’s under-18s Centenary Shield football squad will visit Jersey on a four-day training camp between 15 and 18 February.

And they will play an Island Select, on Sunday, 17 February at Springfield – just a couple of weeks after the visit of their Northern Ireland counterparts who will play two games at Springfield, on 5 and 6 February.

JFA vice-president Iain Mackenzie said: ‘Scotland did have a package to do some warm weather training in Malaga but a change of flight meant an extra day so they have changed their plans and they are now coming to Jersey.

‘The word is obviously getting around between the associations; we must be doing something right as the teams want to come and play here.

‘I’m delighted we get a game, it’s a bonus on top of the Northern Ireland games’.

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