'Neville De Alwis – Ralph Alles Challenge Trophy’,
In order to take football to the next level in our country, especially with the tremendous increase in popularity of the sport, S. Thomas’ College and Gateway College have joined hands to play an annual encounter which is a popular concept in Sri Lanka. This encounter is the first of its kind, where one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and leading Private Schools and a Premier International School - one of the youngest in the island - join hands to build an excellent platform for students with diverse values, cultures and backgrounds to bond in healthy rivalry and comradeship. The inaugural encounter is scheduled for Saturday 26 th January, 2019 at the Gateway College, Ratmalana Grounds. This will be the first trophy game between an International and a Local School in any sport at S. Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia.
This annual encounter will be played for the 'Neville De Alwis – Ralph Alles Challenge Trophy’, named after two key personalities connected to the two schools. The late Mr Neville de Alwis served as the 15 th Warden of S. Thomas’ College from 1983 to 1998 and during his tenure the School witnessed growth and development in all spheres including academic, extra-curricular activities and infrastructure. Thomians who graduated during his period of stewardship testify, even today, to his visionary leadership and outstanding qualities as an educator. The late Mr. Ralph Alles, commenced his journey as a teacher of Royal College where he served for over 10 years. Mr. Alles did yeoman service to the country as the Founder Principal of D.S Senanayake College and later functioned as State Secretary of Education. Remembered by many as one of the finest educators the country has produced, Mr. Alles is also the Founder of Gateway College.
Due attention will be paid to upcoming talent by including an Under 14 match. With more than four out of ten people considering themselves football fans, the game’s extraordinary reach into countries and cultures around the world makes it unequaled among sports. Arrangements are also being made to play a friendly girls’ game between the girls of Gateway College and Visakha Vidyalaya. These two games will be played before the main Under 20 match.
This lively and fun-filled event will include a fusion of music and a special collaboration between the Western Bands of both schools. Special invitees, the Management of both schools, Staff, Past Pupils, Present Students and Parents are expected to grace this event.
Both S. Thomas’ and Gateway are confident that the journey between the two prestigious institutions will bring the school communities of both institutions together on and off the field and usher in a new era of healthy competition strongly supported by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL). Both teams warmly welcome Teachers, Past Pupils, Parents and Students of the schools and all Football lovers of Sri Lanka to be a part of this memorable encounter.