Seven Mile Club’s ready to kick off

Cayman’s burgeoning football scene is set to take on another team.

This month will see the arrival of Seven Mile Sports Club.

The club is all about promoting football in Cayman to the youth. They have two summer camps already planned.

The first is slated to be 30 June to 4 July and the second is expected to be 18-22 August.

The camps will teach children in the basics of the game such as passing, dribbling and turning.

Both camps are expected to be held at Cayman International School field in Camana Bay.

The camps will run from 9am-1pm. Child drop-off is expected to take place at 8:30am. Spaces are still left for registration.

Both versions of the camps will cost CI$200. Players will receive a T-shirt and socks.

According to a press release, SMSC is committed to developing soccer locally.

It reads: ‘The Seven Mile Academy understands that serious players of all levels both young and old are always looking for ways to achieve their personal goals whether it is to play recreational, club, college or professional soccer.

‘Seven Mile Sports Club [is] a structured coaching program aimed at developing the fundamental techniques and skills needed to participate in the game of soccer.’

Coaching the club will be Floyd Streete. Streete is a former professional football player. The 49-year-old was a defender/midfielder for a variety of club sides across Europe. Some of the bigger names include Derby, Reading and Wolves in the UK and FC Utrecht and SC Cambuur in Holland.

Since retirement, the Jamaican national has aided the development of soccer in the Middle East. He also reportedly earned qualifications to train kids.

Aside from football, the husband of Swedish community figure Catrin Sander also has knowledge in the area of business development.

At press time, Streete was unable to comment on the start of the new club.

SMSC is expected to officially start training on 1 September. Their first term is slated to run until 18 December. At present, training will focus on kids aged 5-13.

Cayman International School is set to be the site of all training sessions. Those sessions are slated to be held Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm. Academy training will be invitation only on Fridays from 5:30-6:30pm.

So far, the chief sponsors of the club are OxyShot Caribbean and The Hypoxi Studio.

The press release went on to say that the club wants to ensure kids are trained safely.

‘It’s about doing things properly. It’s about making sure everyone has a chance to be involved in football, regardless of ability, race or background.

‘Our aim is to create a safe and fun environment.’

In the future, the club has plans to field a squad in every division of the Cayman Islands Football Association National League from Ladies U15 to Senior Mens.

In the interim plans are in place to host a weekend league for the teams involved in their training sessions to play each other. Those games are slated to take place on Sundays from 9-11am at Cayman International School.

Ultimately the Club is intent on reaching all youngsters and taking their game to new heights.

‘We believe that every player given the opportunity can improve dramatically and play far beyond the limits they might normally set for themselves.’

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