U13 football tournament kicks off

| 25/06/2018

Jamaica’s Phoenix All Stars Football Academy is competing in the tournament

(CNS Local Life): More than 180 rising football stars will showcase their skills on the pitch at the 2018 Cayman Airways Under-13 Youth Cup hosted by Academy Sports Club. The tournament, running from 25-30 June, will feature three local teams facing opposition from Jamaica and the US.

Local players will suit up for the Academy SC Elite, Academy SC Select and Future Sports Club Select teams, stated a press release. The visiting teams are Central Brooklyn Soccer Club and City Soccer Pro from New York; as well as Cavalier Soccer Club, Harbour View Football Club, Mount Pleasant Football Academy, and Phoenix All Stars Football Academy from Jamaica.

“We’re pleased to be attracting such quality opposition to compete against our own players,” said Academy Sports Club technical director Virgil Seymour. “Hosting a tournament like this gives our developing players a chance to face teams they would not otherwise come up against in local leagues. Opportunities like this are instrumental in their overall development and while we hope our boys win, that’s not the only goal.”

The tournament has the potential for a showdown between the reigning Jamaica Under-13 champions from Mt Pleasant Academy and the Cayman Islands Under-13 champions from Academy Sports Club.

Matches in the group stages of the six-day tournament will be played at Truman Bodden Sports Complex with games kicking off at 3pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm and 8:15pm Monday through Thursday. The semifinals begin at 6:30pm on Friday, and on Saturday the third-place playoff starts at 5pm with the championship match scheduled for 8:15pm.

Fabian Whorms, president and CEO of title sponsor Cayman Airways, said of the tournament, “It is an honour for Cayman Airways to sponsor and support sporting initiatives such as these. We hope that the tournament promotes Cayman as a destination for sports tourism, serves as a platform to provide elite, international experience for our home-grown talent, and inspires many more to partake in sport.”

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