Scholars celebrate 30th in style

Scholars International Football Club had their annual fundraising fair and raffle on Monday at the West Bay Town Hall Field and it was another huge success.

Cayman Bakery Reds

Cayman Bakery Reds were womens champions
Photo: Ron Shillingford

There were activities all day for the entire family, including a football tournament featuring teams in three categories: U-12 Boys, Women’s and Men’s Divisions. Cayman Bakery Red won the women’s tournament and Scholars B won the boys. The men’s tournament finishes on Sunday. Games start from 4pm.

Other activities included a basketball tournament, a Jet Ski display featuring JAC 2008 participants and winners, bouncing balloon and face painting for the kids as well as other surprises.

Food and drinks were on sale throughout the day featuring some of the best local and Spanish food. Lots of cake and local baked items got gobbled up too. The biggest prize in the raffle was for a brand new car, a Chevy Equinox.

Proceeds will go towards community projects, youth development and general club expenses as well as West Bay Primary PTA in support of their school projects. It was Scholars 30th Anniversary.

Scholars President Cline Glidden said: ‘I am very pleased and thank all our supporters, football fans, players, parents and kids for making this year such a great success.

‘As we celebrate our 30th anniversary as the oldest and most successful football club in Cayman, we will continue our focus on the development of football in the Cayman Islands and continue to carry out a service to our community by offering our young people opportunities to excel academically and professionally through the sport of football.’

The kids especially enjoyed face painting, bouncing castle and other free games and gifts throughout the day. Cotton candy and snow cones were a delightful treat for the young and old alike.

Music, great food and refreshments were served into the night.

Spot prizes were given away throughout the day compliments of Cayman Turtle Farm’s Adventure Park – Boatswain’s Beach.

Club treasurer Armando Ebanks said: ‘This was an alcohol-free event which we also hoped would promote a healthy atmosphere and lifestyle for the kids and young people.’

He added: ‘This year, being our 30th anniversary we decided that there would be no cover charge and entry was also free.

‘We hoped that this would allow for a greater crowd and greater enjoyment by all, and we are pleased to see that it was a success’

He mentioned that this was perhaps one of the larger crowds that have stayed on through the day for their Annual Fair, which had not been held in the aftermath of hurricane Ivan.

Ebanks added: ‘July 7 is the original date on which our fair has been held over the years and it was good to have it once again on this day, 30 years later.’

Ebanks took the opportunity to mention the three founding members who are still active members of the club, namely Antonio Smith, Ralph Williams and Bertram Rivers.

The evening culminated in the car raffle. The winning tickets from the raffle are: 1st Prize Chevy Equinox Jean Ebanks, George Town. 2nd Prize CI$1,500 Ryan Bateman, West Bay and 3rd Prize CI$500 Erick Bodden, George Town.

Club vice-president Noel Williams said of the tournament: ‘We received a greater response than expected and we had to limit the number of teams in an attempt to complete all games in one day.’

He was pleased with the hard work and dedication of all players who worked tireless throughout the day and late into the evening to make the event such a success.

He added: ‘Due to the huge demand, we are currently considering to have another 6 v 6 tournament to accommodate more teams over longer period of time with a larger cash prize.

‘Our next big event is our Annual Football Camp, which is scheduled to be held on August 18-22.

‘As our 30th Anniversary Football Camp we are really looking forward to this event.’

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