Former Manchester United star and Tobago native Dwight Yorke led a posse of top names including Ian Wright, Paul Davis, David Howells, Ruel Fox, Sean Davis, Paul Hall, Luke Young, Iain Dowie and Mitchell Thomas at the launch of the British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge at the Union Street Café in London.
“Today’s launch is all about giving visitors from UK and Europe the chance to come and see football Tobago-style,” said Yorke. “As well as mixing with players everyone is familiar with, you will get a chance to relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth, play a little golf and enjoy the unrivalled hospitality offered by the people of Tobago.”
The British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge kicks off in June 2015 and will see 64 of the best Premier League past players locking horns in Tobago. The fast paced six-a-side tournament has been organised by the Tobago House of Assembly, British Airways, which flies twice weekly to Tobago and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Fans from the UK will be able to rub shoulders with the stars on BA’s flights to Tobago ahead of the tournament. “We are excited to host this prestigious event and strengthen our long standing relationship with our friends in the UK and Europe,” said Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Tobago’s Secretary for Tourism and Transportation. “Football might have been invented in the UK but I can promise you that we have a very special brand of fun-filled sporting excitement and natural beauty that makes for a unique visitor experience.”
Old rivalries will be reignited, said Yorke and other officials at the launch. Players from Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool are expected to face-off against All Star line-ups from the PFA and the Caribbean.
“We can’t wait to be able to bring this fantastic event to Tobago next June,” said Bobby Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive-Professional Footballers’ Association. “We are sure there will be a few old scores to settle as none of the lads have lost that competitive edge. We’ll just have to make sure they take it easy on the rum punch!”
British Airways is the tournament’s official airline and has played a key role in bringing the event to Tobago. “Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial, Gatwick, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the tournament, and we’re really excited to be able to say that as of next summer, we will be increasing our services to Tobago from one per week to two.”
The event will coincide with a week of sporting activities, including the Dwight Yorke Celebrity Golf Day on June 19th .