Youth Classic will live up to its name

Two local football clubs will be hosting an international youth tournament next month.

The inaugural Cayman Youth Classic has been organised by the Academy Sports Club and George Town Sports Club under the experienced leadership of veteran coach Winston Chung.

Chung has a wealth of knowledge in organising such events, and is the founding president of International Soccer Inc, responsible for the fabled Miami Classic, which was a hugely successful and influential Youth tournament in the Eighties and Nineties.

The Cayman Youth Classic is open to international and local Under-17 teams, and expectations are for lots of entries.

‘At present, five international teams have been confirmed, and we are waiting for local clubs to sign up,’ Chung said. ‘We hope to have at least ten teams compete, with a strong, competitive field.’

The tournament will have a group stage followed by knock-out finals and is to be held April 4-14, using several of the island’s refurbished district stadia. The teams will be split into two seeded divisions, with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals.

The Cayman Islands Football Association is supporting the two clubs, lending its expertise and resources, and talking with other local associations in order to widen the field of teams.

CIFA president Jeffrey Webb commended the organisers. ‘I am proud that two of our clubs have taken this responsibility themselves,’ he said.

‘CIFA has been stressing the collective responsibility we share in creating opportunities for our young players, and it is encouraging to see that Academy and George Town have taken this to heart. I am pleased to offer up the association’s resources to help make this tournament an unqualified success.’

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