Trinidad & Tobago and Barbadian youth teams will participate in the 47th annual Robbie Invitational Soccer tournament in Scarborough this weekend.
Port-of-Spain-based Trendsetter Hawks, coached by Anthony “Dada” Wickham, is one of 28 teams and the only non-Canadian side competing in the Boys Under-11 division. The twin-island republic team begins play on Saturday with matches against KNSC Lions at 10:15 a.m. and Guelph Royals Blue at 3:15 p.m. They play their final group match against Wexford Blast on Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
The matches will take place at McCowan Park, 431 McCowan Rd.
This will be Trendsetters fourth appearance in the tournament and their first since 2011.
The Barbados Soccer Academy Boys Under-14 team begins its campaign against Mooredale Gold on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. They play Boucherville Express at 12:40 p.m. and Knights FC on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. Their contests will be held at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus field.
Boys and girls teams between the ages of 11 and 18 will take part in this year’s tournament that ends on Monday with the championship games in the various age categories.
The Trinidadians, who arrive today, will spend three weeks in the Greater Toronto Area. During their stay, they will play matches across the city and take part in the Caribbean Stars two-day tournament on July 6 and 7 and a special Boys Under-11 clinic for youth players across the city.
Canadian Professional Soccer League 2002 Coach of the Year Aldwyn “Midget” McGill is co-ordinating the free clinic that runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hupfield Park in Scarborough.