Charity aid kicks it all off

The new Cayman football season kicks off on Sunday with a Charity Shield game.

It’s between the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League and Digicel Cup champions Elite SC and Bodden Town FC who won are Foster’s First Division and FA Cup champions.

The game is at the TE McField Sports Centre (Annex), kick off 7pm following a curtain raiser between the National Under 17 team and the Elite SC girls team at 5pm.

This initiative by CIFA will be the highlight of the start of each football season placed permanently on the season’s calendar.

From now onwards at the start of each season the two top teams from the Premier League and the Foster’s First Division will vie for that title.

The proceeds of this event will go towards the Commonwealth Youth Club which has an in-depth involvement in community youth and development programmes.

The Commonwealth Youth Club with members drawn from the different communities of the Cayman Islands is a Youth Service club that promotes Commonwealth values through various community projects. The Club was established on March 11, 2002 (Commonwealth Day) with 12 members.

It has rapidly grown since.

The club has been involved in tree planting activities since it was formed and many positive activities for youngsters.

The president of the club, Dierdre Scott-Neil, is delighted to know that CIFA has selected the Commonwealth Youth Club for the proceeds of the 2009 Charity Shield game.

She said: ‘The Commonwealth Youth Club is overjoyed to know that the Cayman Islands Football Association will be holding this charity football match this year in aid of the club. This will firmly connect football in Cayman to its beloved community members and the community to their beloved football.’

‘We thank all involved and encourage everyone to support this match. This match will definitely help to Save our Future, Save the Children, the Commonwealth Youth Club, Youth and Agent of Change.’

President of CIFA, Jeffrey Webb, said: ‘On behalf of the executive body of CIFA I am proud to say that we are delighted to be able to play this game in aid of the Commonwealth Youth Club. Despite our financial situation we as an executive body sat down and without much deliberation made the decision.

‘I sincerely hope that the game will generate enough funds to meaningfully assist the club’s efforts in their development pursuits towards the youths in our society. I also thank the club for accepting the association’s offer and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.’