Cayman’s young and talented footballers travelled to Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday to compete in the AC Milan Continental Cup.
As one of the fastest growing international youth soccer tournaments, the AC Milan Continental Cup will provide the Caymanian athletes, mostly from the Under-23 national side, the opportunity to play competitively against quality teams from around the world, with nearly 20 per cent of the participating teams representing countries outside of the United States.
Teams from countries such as Canada, Ghana, Colombia, Antigua and a number of sides from across the US are in it.
Playing in this tournament is a great opportunity for these disciplined and hard-working young men to show the quality football skills they have developed since they formed in July 2007.
The AC Milan Continental Cup is more than just a football tournament to many – if not all – of the players.
With a number of top college scouts attending such a large tournament as this one, it is also a chance for them to receive full scholarships to further their education – a prospect that could only be a dream came true for them.
Team manager Antwan Seymour said: ‘We would like to give thanks to the many people and organizations that made this trip possible. They include Graham Ritchie, Randy Merren of Z99 FM, John Pitcairn of Artex Risk Solutions, Sprint Services Ltd, The Crew at Radio Cayman, Trident Trust and Radio Cayman, especially Nikolai Hill.
‘We also want to give a special mention to the major contributors such as Maples and Calder, Ready Mix Concrete Co Ltd, Burger King, Deutsche Bank, Cayman National, H&B Esso Ltd, Queensgate Bank & Trust Company Ltd, Ian Goodall of I.M.S.
‘Also big thanks to the Cayman Island Government and the Cayman Islands Football Association for their major contribution to the vast air fare.
‘Last but not least we want to give thanks to all that supported the team in their fundraisers. With a special mention to the driving force behind our fundraisers such Mackie Seymour, Donette Morris-Seymour and Megan Henry.’