ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Although the first ball won’t be kicked for more than four months, Grenada demonstrated its enthusiasm to host the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, unveiling the official tournament logo on Thursday at the Radisson Grenada Grand Beach Resort.
The design features the critically endangered Grenada Dove with accents of Grenada’s black gold, nutmeg, vegetation, flora and fauna, as well as the national flag.
As the Hon. Emmalin Pierre, Grenada’s Minister for Sports, pulled the curtain for the big reveal, she called on all to view the logo as a symbol of motivation for the development of football in Grenada.
“My hope this morning is that the logo we are about to unveil will be a symbol of hope for football in Grenada that would encourage us to think about the potential that lies within the football association, within our country, within our young people,” Pierre told the gathering of FIFA, CONCACAF, Grenada Football Association (GFA) and other representatives.
She also encouraged stakeholders to rally around the GFA in its quest to grow sport and host a world-class event, expressing, “Get on board. Do something that could make a difference.”
GFA Vice President Allan James voiced confidence in Grenada’s ability to perform with distinction on and off the field during the March 3-13, 2016, tournament.
“While we are challenged with limited resources to meet all expectations, we are confident of the support from government and the business community to put on a world class tournament,” he remarked. “We have learnt of the possibilities that nations such as Canada and the USA may have also included in their line-up persons with Grenadian roots, but I wish to assure everyone here that Grenada will be no easy opponent.”
Speaking of the vision behind the logo, GFA Acting General Secretary Malaika Church revealed why the Grenada Dove was made prominent: “The Grenadian Dove takes center stage in the foreground, calmly resting on a dry branch. It is our hope that this Grenadian Dove would mirror the performance of our female players in the competition.”
The CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship has been held on four previous occasions. Mexico is the defending champion, overcoming Canada on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw in the 2013 final. The United States has won a record two titles.[caption id="attachment_105296" align="aligncenter" width="730"] (ABOVE) Representatives from FIFA, CONCACAF and the Grenada Football Association gather for a photo at the unveiling of the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship logo on October 29, 2015, in St. George's, Grenada.[/caption]