New pitches will be pristine

Cayman technical director Carl Brown is looking forward to working with the national team at the new centre.

Jamaican Brown is suitably impressed. ‘I was just saying to Lee Ramoon that I hope I’m alive when it is all complete.

‘I’m really happy to see the vision of the president and he has taken the first step. This is the right way to go.

‘You look at our young ladies and see what they’re doing and the young boys. This is what we need across the Caribbean, a home for football.

‘Too few countries in the Caribbean have a home for football. This is something that has hindered our progress, so I’m happy to see what has happened today and I hope that God will bless this project.’

Shakeina Bush was one of the key players for Women’s United who won every competition they played in last season, their first. She is also a Cayman international and feels that the centre will develop many more players.

Bush said: ‘I’m very excited. This is a big step for football here in Cayman. It’s a wonderful facility for what I can see from the plans. It’s going to harness a lot of football greats. We have a generation coming up that will be unstoppable once you harness it.

‘It will be great to play on good turfs. I know it will be well looked after and a very good facility. I’m looking forward to everything that the future has to hold.’

With this new centre, Cayman Islands Football Association is continuing to build its burgeoning reputation in football development.

Football is the largest sport on the island with over 5,000 members – 10.1 per cent of the total population. With each of these players attracting at least five more people in support, football reaches half of the population.

CIFA president Jeffrey Webb said: ‘The recent World Cup qualifier between Cayman and Bermuda was the largest public event in our history and we are optimistic that with this project in place the level of involvement and pride will be sustained to make the nation feel proud of our teams as they lift themselves higher in competitive football across the region.’

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