Cayman encouraged to cheer team in football contest

| 13/08/2013

(CNS): The regional Under-15 football tournament kicks off Tuesday and CONCACAF President Jeff Webb, Sports Mminster Osbourne Bodden and other officials urged the Cayman public to pack out the stadium tomorrow evening for the national team’s appearance in the inaugural contest. With high hopes for the development of sports tourism and future major football tournaments, officials said one of the things that would mark the success of the tournament would be the turn out. Officials also praised the number of local volunteers who are helping to manage the tournament after more than 260 pairs of hands signed up to help.

Well over 700 people are in Cayman as a result of the debut football competition, which is designed to develop teen players across the region and give them a chance to experience a major international competition as they begin their football careers.

The competition has been a great coup for Cayman as it will boost the sport and create excitement among the young players as well as being another step towards developing Cayman as genuine sports tourism destination.

The first round games are all free of charge and the contest begins at 4:30pm Tuesday. Cayman will play its first match at 7-30pm at the Truman Bodden stadium against St Marteen at 7:30pm.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What is the total cost to the Cayman govt? Who is picking the tab for CAL services? I hope it is CONCACAF and FIFA.

  2. Anonymous says:

    ya think?

  3. Anonymous says:

    And still no schedule of matches has been printed in the newspaper or on-line. 

  4. Veronica says:

    yea team. go go go.  fight fight fight.  I'm prayin' god helps you smite the other team.  How my doin?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Caymanians please come out in red jerseys and t-shirts to support this very talented group of young ballers,see you all at the TB sports complex.

  6. 0068 says:

    Interesting that Grand Cayman only has one 'playable' grass pitch for this tournament. The remaining pitches are astro-turf. Anyone attempting a competitive tackle on astro turf knows the result, a layer of skin is removed and the wound requires treatment.

    I assume the high ranking CONCACAF officials and 'sports tourism' officionados are well aware of these basic limitations when 'showcasing' the Cayman Islands to our regional partners?

    • Anonymous says:

      12.01 Very helpful. I am sure they knew nothing about it before coming here. Please engage brain before writing sh*t next time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and lets not call for more expensive pitches just in the hopes of a few games every few years. Instead lets be glad they found something we could host and continue to cut our pattern to match our cloth.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How is it a "great coup" when all the credible soccer nations in the region are not participating?

    • Anonymous says:

      This is for under 15's. Would it not be great if Cayman supported its kids, at least just this once? 06.59- glad you are not my parent.

    • Cayman Mama says:

      So who do you think are the credile soccer nations in the region? Jamaica, Bahamas & Trinidad are all participating!

      • Anonymous says:

        Point made by the poster.  Mexico, USA, Panama and Cost Rica are the real football nations in CONCACAF.  Which group are they in?  The invisible one for the best teams.  Canada ranks above the teams you listed also. 

      • Anonymous says:

        You don't know much about football do you?