High school football leagues kick off

| 03/10/2018
CNS Local Life

Cayman International School (blue) will be defending their Under 14 Girls’ title

(CNS Local Life): The second season of the Dart Under 13 Boys’ and Under 14 Girls’ high school football leagues kick-off this week with girls’ games on Wednesday, 3 October and boys’ games on Thursday, 4 October. Organisers have decided to remain with the two age groups for 2018 to further establish the high school leagues before expanding the age groups to accommodate the Under 15s.

Sponsored exclusively by Dart, the leagues were “an expected success” during the inaugural 2017 season, organisers said in the press release. Games will be played during the week immediately after school and will continue until Wednesday, 21 November and Thursday, 22 November.

High schools competing for the Dart Cup comprise Clifton Hunter High School (CHHS), John Gray High School (JGHS), St Ignatius Catholic School, Triple C, Cayman Prep & High School, Cayman International School (CIS) and Cayman Academy. Venues will be fields at the CHHS, St Ignatius, CIS (Dart Field), Cayman Prep & High School, Annex Field and CIFA Centre of Excellence.

Defending champions are Cayman International Blue in the Dart Under 14 girls’ league and Cayman Prep & High School in the Dart Under 13 boys’ league.

The blueprint for the local high school football leagues includes eventually establishing three age groups for the boys (Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18) and a minimum of two leagues for the girls. Organisers said they hope to emulate the various schoolboy leagues that are played in many of the Caribbean islands, particularly the Manning and Dacosta Cups in Jamaica and the Secondary School Football League in Trinidad & Tobago.

One significant improvement for high school football in the Cayman Islands that is not widely seen in other Caribbean islands, the release stated, is the leagues for girls, which will primarily aid in the increase of girls participating in the local club leagues and the female national programme, which are overseen by the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA).

Games scheduled for Wednesday, 3 October in the Dart Under 14 Girls’ League include St Ignatius vs Triple C (at St Ignatius); Cayman Prep City vs Cayman Prep United (at Cayman Prep & High School); Cayman International White vs. Cayman International Blue (at the Dart Field); and CHHS vs JGHS (at CHHS).

Games to be played on Thursday, 4 October in the Dart Under 13 Boys’ League include St Ignatius vs JGHS (at St Ignatius); Cayman International White vs Cayman International Blue (at the Dart Field); CHHS and Cayman Prep & High School (at CHHS); and Cayman Academy vs Triple C (at the CIFA Field).

Local club youth coaches are encouraged to attend the games for recruitment purposes to view players eligible to play in the CIFA youth leagues.

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