Reaching their goals

The Cayman Islands Football Association has praised the academic achievements of three of their National Under 17 Girls.

CIFA president Jeffrey Webb at a recent executive meeting held at the CIFA Centre For Excellence in Prospect hailed the achievements of Emily Kelly, Ashani Francis and Alyssa Chin, all 15.

Kelly with the assistance of goalkeeper coach Paul Campbell made outstanding performances for Cayman Islands national Girls Under-17 team.

That couple with her excellent grades at St Ignatius High School helped receive a full scholarship worth at $43,000 to attend the Kimball Union Academy, a private Prep School in New Hampshire, New England.

Kelly will be pursuing her studies at the academy while keeping for the academy and the U17s.

Francis and Chin formed part of the 80 per cent of students from the St Ignatius Catholic School who achieved high passes, the best in the school’s history and were among the Year 10 students who achieved higher passes in the IGCSE.

Webb praised the girls and appealed to the other members of the squad to continue to excel in all areas of their development, specifically in sports and academics.

He said: ‘On behalf of CIFA I congratulate these girls for their outstanding achievements and hope that they will continue on this track for the benefit of themselves and family making the island proud as well as sending a positive message to the other girls playing football with the national team and the clubs.

‘It is really a great feeling to see these girls doing so well and getting the well deserved rewards at such a tender age.’

The National Under-17 team is presently in training for participation in Group A of the CFU Tournament scheduled to be held in Haiti 2-9 November. The top team and the best placed second team will advance to the CONCACAF Qualifying rounds scheduled to be played in December.

Group A consists of Haiti, British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands and The Bahamas.