Grassroots football

The Girls Football League is going strong again, holding weekly training sessions at the George Hicks Field in George Town. The current season began 3 February and runs until the end of April. Some 50 girls have been turning out to improve their football skills this season.

Girls Football League

The Girls Football League is building Cayman football from the bottom up. Photo: Guy P. Harrison

The league is sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Football Association and Sue Greene is the lead organizer. She says they were unable to use the Truman Bodden Sports Complex field as they always had before but the George Hicks Field has worked out fine.

‘The girls have been doing really well,’ said Greene. ‘I can see their confidence improving each week.’

Six volunteer coaches split the girls up into groups for a variety of drills designed to improve their fundamentals. The girls like the drills but they love the scrimmages.

Greene says the primary goals of the league are to make football fun for young girls and teach them basic skills. The loftier goal is to build a strong foundation for women’s football in the Cayman Islands.

Greene says girls are welcome to join up at any point in the season. ‘All we ask is that they try to come each Saturday because we focus on different drills each session.’

There is a $15 charge to join the Girls Football League. Girls get a uniform when they join.

Greene says plans are in the works for a big summer camp in which professional coaches will come to Grand Cayman to work with the girls. The league will then resume again in September.

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