International U15 football tourney set to kick off

| 01/05/2017
CNS Local Life

Cayman Islands U15 National Team

(CNS Local Life): The 2017 Cayman Airways Invitational U15 Youth Football Cup, set for 2-7 May 2017, has attracted 12 teams, including last year’s winner, Manchester City FC, as well as the Cayman Islands National U15 Team. The tournament will be played at three venues: Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Ed Bush Sports Complex and the Bluff Playing Field in Cayman Brac.

“We are very excited that we are able to host this tournament again,” said Arden Rivers, co-founder of organisers West Bay Sports Foundation (WBSF). “With the quality of teams that we have been able to attract, we are confident of putting on a show for spectators.”

The other teams taking part are Alchemy DSC (Minnesota), Bahamas National U15 Team, Cavalier Soccer Club (Jamaica), Cuba National U15 Team, DC United (MLS), Harbour View FC (Jamaica), Houston Dynamo Academy (MLS), IMG Academy (Florida), La Ceiba FC (Honduras), and Trinidad and Tobago National U15 Team.

Cayman Airways has returned as title sponsor, with major support from the Cayman Islands Government through the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport.

“We are particularly proud to be the first point of Caymankind contact that many visiting teams will have on their journey to the Cayman Islands to compete in this tournament, as they will be flying courtesy of Cayman Airways,” said the airline’s president and CEO, Fabian Whorms.

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said he is delighted to see the teams take to the pitch in friendly rivalry. “From its inception, the West Bay Sports Foundation sought to create an event that would attract high-calibre football talent to the Cayman Islands. Its objective was to increase opportunities for our youth, and also to champion our aspiration to be a world-class sports tourism destination,” he said.

“Given the high standard of matches needed to develop players and further hone the skills learnt both in training and in games, I am confident that the event will produce some thrilling football.”

Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, who is also Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, identified the tournament as an important piece of the Cayman Islands’ sports tourism product.

“Football is a favoured sport and pastime here in Cayman and by sponsoring this event, the Ministry of Tourism is also contributing to the development of sports tourism in our Islands,” he said. “Hosting high-calibre International tourneys here at home helps to strengthen our Islands’ reputation as a sports tourism destination and we thank the West Bay Sports Foundation for bringing this competition to our shores on an annual basis.”

The tournament begins with teams being pooled into three groups of four squads. One group will be based in Cayman Brac, while the other two will play in Grand Cayman. Each group winner plus the best second-placed team will advance to the semi-finals. The championship game will be played at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Sunday, 7 May 2017.


Category: Football, Sports, Youth

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