One of Cayman’s most ambitious football programmes is slated to get off the ground very soon.
The Cayman Islands Select Football (C.I.S.F.) Program is expected to resume this month. The program has started with roughly twenty-five 8-12 year old kids, all of whom are touted as some of the best in their age group.
‘The Select Programme is the next step after a successful football invitational camp. It will use the participants of the Camp and will have some of the top young players in Cayman between the ages of eight and twelve.
‘However, it is not to be confused as being a Cayman Islands Football Association-sanctioned national team,’ says C.I.S.F. Program Director Craig Frederick.
The programme is a continuation of the work from the C.I.S.F. Camp. The two-week Camp was held 9-22 July at the George Hicks High School playing field. Players attended the Camp on the recommendations of local coaches.
According to Mr. Frederick, the reasoning behind the formation of the team lies in the state of Cayman’s youth football. He said that as a young Caymanian and former national team player, he saw a need for youth development both on and off the field.
‘This [C.I.S.F. Programme] is a creation of Select youth football teams with kids that show potential and passion to take their experience to a higher level.’
Mr. Frederick, a pupil of Coach Winston Chung’s style of coaching, also went into detail on the goals of the programme.
‘The [Select] Camp was just the beginning of the Programme that is a year-long commitment between me and those kids. The Camp and the programme both stress football skills plus discipline and attitude as necessary to succeed in life.
‘I want to give these kids international exposure at their age. I want the kids to be able to compete in tournaments like the Dallas Cup in Texas, which is the largest youth football tournament in the US. I also want to expand [the Programme] to compete in Europe,’ Mr. Frederick said.
Mr. Frederick went on to mention future happenings for the programme.
‘I’m looking to get the kids to play in a few US tournaments. We are now seeking corporate sponsorship to support the dream. In general, we will need financial assistance to participate in all overseas competitions.
‘I will be hosting try-outs for those who could not attend the Camp that want to be part of the Programme. It will be at the end of August and more details will be announced in the Caymanian Compass,’ Mr. Frederick stated.
Mr. Frederick also took time to state his deep level of gratitude to everyone who helped make the programme possible.
‘I must give thanks to Coach Gillie Seymour for helping with the camp. Coach Gillie has been helping develop youth football in Cayman for about 25 years now and he deserves praise.
‘Thanks to the major sponsors of the camp, BPC Ltd and Mike’s Ice. They helped out tremendously and credit must be given to Jim Ross and Mike Brown for their dedication. I’d also like our other major sponsors, Wayne Kirkconnell of Automotive Art, Chris Goddard of Sport N Zone and Island Marketing.
‘I must also give thanks to all the parents and volunteers. I’m as committed to this programme as the parents are,’ Mr. Frederick said.
All interested parties are asked to contact Craig Frederick at 526-2665 or via e-mail at [email protected].