North Side Football Club has used the off season break to improve the performance of the club in the upcoming 2009-10 season of the Cayman Islands Football Association Foster’s First Division League.
The club has been hosting social events on their home ground for bonding between players, management staff and supporters on weekends.
This has created an impact on the North Side community and has garnered tremendous support as groups make their journey to the North Side Play Field weekly.
According to Neil Prendergast president of the club he is overwhelmed by the work done on the field with the lights back in place which has made training fun.
Prendergast also expressed his support for president of CIFA Jeffrey Webb and the executive body of the football Association.
‘I want to thank Jeff and the football association for standing by us and giving us ideas and guidance. We are glad to have our field and lights back to train on.’
Touching on the improvement of the quality of the games for the club next season, Prendergast said that club officials had addressed the needs of the club during the off season and were working hard to make the upcoming season more exciting for the community and the fans.
‘I am appealing to the community to support us and get the young ones to come out and be part of the club. With a full-time coach now in place the club wants to proceed with its youth programme. I have sat down with head coach Bobby McLaren and Jeff Webb who has given us ideas to put in place to improve our games.’
‘The club also has plans to get involved with basketball, netball and volleyball and will soon be announcing its plans.’
Prendergast went on to point out that the club needed help in various areas to assist in bringing these ideas to reality and to help the community broaden its approach in sports so as to give the boys and girls something to do in the community.
‘The Saturday evening social with refreshments is very promising in the senior programme and plans are on the way to take it a notch further, this time to the youth level. The youth teams are my number one priority and I am glad to have a coach in place for the district.
‘For many years the placement of a district coach for North Side was overlooked but now that it is in place similar to what takes place in East End and Bodden Town I am appealing to the community to encourage the youths to make good use of this opportunity to stay focused.’
North Side started off well last season and led for the better part of the competition but lost focus in the middle of the season and just never got back into their rhythm.
Bodden Town went on to win the competition and were automatically promoted to the Premier League.
With the presence of Roma, Academy, East End, Sunset B, Scholars International B, Elite B and the possibility of more teams participating in the Foster’s First Division, North Side may find it more difficult to dominate the competition and advance to the Premier League the following season.