Elite feed off BK’s generosity

All aspiring athletes know that nutrition is vital to getting the best out of their bodies and Elite Sports Club now have a chance to do so with new sponsors – but they’ll have to stay off the naughty food.

Gary Rutty, Managing Director of Burger King, has signed a deal with the talented footballers of Elite.

‘I like what I see and hear about the Elite programme,’ Rutty said. ‘When a team demonstrates a passion to excel, in their endeavours and is able to show realistic goals and proper programmes are in place, Burger King is happy to help out in any way we can.

‘With the Cayman Islands Football Association introducing the premier league this year, it called for the football teams to meet certain criteria, which we are proud to assist Elite Sports Club to achieve.

‘We are excited to be a sponsor and wish them much success and a healthy environment where they can continue to excel, and one day make the Cayman Islands proud for the goals that they are seeking to accomplish in the domestic league or perhaps recognition on the international arena.’

Burger King sponsorship of Elite started in January 2006. The club’s motto is Building Character Through Sports.

Elite SC presently fields a U-15, and U-17 girl’s team, a women’s senior team, a U-13, and U-17 boy’s team, a first division team and also a premier team in the CIFA domestic league.

Even though Elite SC has failed to field a U-15 boy’s team, they still have the biggest club in Cayman with limited sponsorship.

At Elite SC, a great emphasis on discipline is shared between all members; their target is to be positive in all aspects of their daily activities.

Elite premier team enters 2009 at the top of the table after six games, gaining 14 points in the CIFA Foster’s league, and also have reached the Digicel Cup semi-finals.

The majority of the players has come from youth leagues and school teams and are close family and friends.

Manager Greg Ebanks said: ‘From 2004, the players dreamed of continuing playing together, and, some how, God made their dreams into reality.

‘A lot of good talent in the Cayman Islands has abandoned the sport due to a lack of initiative, especially from the majority of clubs.

‘The members of Elite have seen this happen over and over again in the community and have assisted the young players with their request. They came together through this wonderful sport of football and are able to continue their journey together in the football fraternity.

‘It hasn’t always been easy during the past seasons, but it has been rewarding. The teams have learned a lot of lessons from the more mature and experienced players in the league, which in turn have helped them to develop and mature rapidly.

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