Thursday, February 22, 2018

Patterson to fly T&T flag at final


HONOURED: John Patterson, left, with Crown Trace FC coach Nicholas Griffith.

Mark Fraser

 He’s going to be at the famous Maracana Stadium today with his daughter and it’s going to be a memory of a lifetime for John Patterson, author of the FIFA award-winning article on local club Crown Trace FC. Patterson’s piece on the small club from Enterprise, Chaguanas, was voted the top story of the FIFA “Power of Football” contest which not only afforded Patterson an all expenses paid trip to today’s World Cup final for two, but also saw FIFA and Kia present Crown Trace with two locker rooms and several kit and equipment items. 

Kia also produced a video highlighting the club and it’s every day operations which included T&T footballers Kenwyne Jones, Carlos Edwards and Stern John. The video shows different aspects of life and football in T&T and has so far attracted over two million views on the official Kia Youtube channel since being launched last month. Kia sent a production team from Seoul and was assisted by the TTFA during its one-week filming of the video which was also aired in Brazil during the World Cup. 

Patterson and his daughter Jhaline Williams, 24, are on a five-day stay in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s a great feeling to go to Brazil for a final in the Maracana. You can’t get better than that,” Patterson said. “I know we’re going to enjoy this experience to the fullest.” Patterson is a welding teacher at Chaguanas North Secondary of which Crown Trace coach Nicholas Griffith is also in charge of for the secondary schools football league campaign.