Good year for Cayman football

When footballers across the Cayman Islands gather for their annual meeting tomorrow they will be told that despite damage caused by Hurricane Ivan the Football Association pulled off a successful year.

The Cayman Islands Football Association holds its AGM at the Marriott from 9am to 1pm tomorrow where in addition to reports from the office bearers and a financial statement, members will consider proposed changes to the constitution.

‘Even with all our plans for the 2004-05 season thrown askew we were still able to run a competitive season and close out with a well attended awards presentation ceremony,’ CIFA President Jeffrey Webb has said.

Although fields and other playing facilities suffered much damage from the storm CIFA still conducted the Foster’s senior league, the FA Cup, the Admiral youth and Under-14 leagues, the women’s league and the first annual beach football tournament. Additionally there was the annual youth football rally that saw over 250 people in attendance at the Annexe Playfield in George Town.

‘Football gave us another avenue to vent whatever frustrations may have existed and for still so many continue to challenge them daily,’ Mr Webb said.

The CIFA President sees the single largest achievement for this organisation which is now 39 years old as the acquiring a free 99-year lease from government of 17 acres in Spotts Newlands to build a national training centre that will comprise dormitories and three and one-half football fields.