Academy footballers vying for USA Cup

| 18/07/2017
CNS Local Life

Academy players and coaches before leaving for USA Cup

(CNS Local Life): Academy Sports Club has sent 96 players from six of its football teams to Blaine, Minnesota, to participate in the 33rd annual Schwan’s USA Cup, marking the largest contingent ever to attend and the first time a girls squad from Cayman is taking part. The players competing in the Cup for Academy represent the U10, U12 (boys and girls), U13, U15 and U17 teams.

“Every year we see how we can involve more and more of the club in trips and tournaments like the USA Cup,” Paul Byles, Academy’s U13/U15 boys head coach, said in a club press release. “This year we are extremely excited to be able to bring more players than ever before, and particularly excited to include our girls team as part of our efforts to further develop Academy’s girls training programme.”

The club has attended the Cup six times as part of their annual tradition of participating in an international tournament, and have had great success previously, stated the release. Over these six appearances, Academy has won champion trophies at the U10, U11, U12 and U13 levels. Last year, the club brought home one quarterfinalist position, two semifinalist spots, and one champion trophy at the end of the week-long tournament.

“As a club we always look forward to attending the Schwan’s USA Cup,” said Virgil Seymour, Academy head coach. “We can always count on competing against a very high calibre of players, allowing the Academy footballers to challenge themselves and improve on their skills.”

This summer’s tournament features 1,168 teams with 16,000 players from 15 countries. The tournament is held at the 54-field National Sports Center, which is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest football complex on earth.

To follow the club’s progress at the tournament, go to Academy’s Facebook page

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