Having a ball at The Pines

Several members of the Cayman Islands National Football team and coaching staff made a courtesy call on the residents of The Pines Retirement Home in George Town on Tuesday to participate in the celebrations of the institution’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

Technical Director Carl Brown along with eight players spent quality time with the overwhelmed golden age residents cutting a large cake to celebrate 25 years of the institution’s existence.

The massive cake donated by the Captain’s Bakery bore the colours of the football association red, white and blue and was decorated with a photo of the national team.

One cheerful lady whose name was not ascertained said openly that she was glad to see these young men who represented the Islands football team.

‘I am so happy to see these nice young men making good use of their youth. This football will keep them out of trouble,’ she said with a broad smile.

Sue Nicholson Manager of The Pines was delighted to see the national team making such a sincere effort to socialize with the older folks who had helped to lay the foundation on the island in their youthful years. ‘Please convey our grateful thanks to everyone at CIFA, on behalf of the board of directors, residents and staff of the Pines,’ she said.

‘This visit is greatly appreciated particularly by our elderly residents who had the opportunity of meeting these fine young men and to have the pleasure of interacting with them.

‘This gesture has lifted the spirits of our residents and I take this opportunity to encourage more of Cayman Island’s young people to visit with the elderly, whether at The Pines or in the community at large, as our elderly have much to offer our youth by way of their personal experiences and wisdom.’

Nicholson thanked all the visitors and appealed to them to come again and very soon as the doors were always open to these kinds of compassionate visits.

Brown expressed his appreciation on behalf of the group thanking the manager for opening up the doors to the team in joining in their twenty-fifth year anniversary.

‘This is really a treat to us, it’s our first experience treating the elderly as a team and these residents have shown their appreciation with smiling faces. We will definitely be coming back soon,’ Brown stated.

The players present at this visit were Justin Pierre, Alfredo Challenger, Tuda Murphy, Carson Fagan, Gabriel Godet, Jedd Ebanks, Richard Brown and Calvin Jefford.

The national team will be facing Bermuda next Sunday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the return leg of the World Cup 2010 Qualifiers on Sunday.

For more information on the Men’s Senior National team or other CIFA events contact the CIFA office at 949-5775, email [email protected] or log on to www.caymanfootball.ky

Fagan visited The Pines Photo: Ron Shillingford