Athletic not frozen out in Wales

The Cayman Islands Athletics Football Club is in Wales competing for the Welsh Supercup.

Despite the freezing temperatures which in a part of Europe never seems to warm up, even at this time of year, they have started well.

After an eight hour plane journey and five hour bus ride from London, they arrived safely in Aberystwyth.

The tournament had its opening ceremonies on Sunday with games starting on Monday.

Cayman Athletics has three teams entered, made up of 40 of Cayman’s finest footballers. Along with the kids are around 20 parent and chaperones.

The Under-10 group, is coached by Virgil Seymour with assistant coach Robert Rox. The U-12s are coached by Nikolai Hill and the U-14s are coached by Neil Murray

Cayman Athletics made a strong showing in the first day. The Welsh International Super Cup is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in Western Europe, with teams this year from India, Dubai, USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Cayman, under the guidance of club president Irvin Banks has worked tirelessly to get these 40 children prepared to compete.

A trip of this magnitude is only made possible through tremendous hard work, dedication and of course financial support. The teams have set their minds to make their sponsors proud, and say thank you with goals.

The funding of law firm, Stuarts Walker Hersant along with a grant from the Ministry of Sports, made this trip possible. Progressive Distributors and Maples also assisted in theirfundraising efforts and the teams are intent to make everyone proud.

The U-12s had an impressive day. The first match, against Portmanoack, was against a strong team from England.

The first half ended with Cayman Athletics down by three goals. Unwilling to give up, the team fought back and ended the match with a hard fought 3-3 tie.

Their second game of the day, against the Buckhead’s from Atlanta, Georgia, gave the team a chance to practise their victory song with an easy 8-1 win.

The U-14 team played early in the day against Caersws, a strong team from Wales, and after 70 minutes of exciting play the score was tied. Their second game was against a local favourite team and put up a strong effort.

The youngsters of the trip, the U-10 squad had the crowd biting their nails.

Their first game was against the defending champions, Wrexham Development A. The Welsh boys scored in the first five minutes, setting the tone for a fast paced game.

Cayman Athletics worked hard and equalized but once again the Welsh stars scored. And once again Cayman fought back to tie the game. An unlucky own goal for Cayman Athletics brought the game to an end with a final score of 3-2.

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