Girls deserve a chance to kick it too

Little girls who want to learn basic football skills or just want something sporty to do on a Saturday morning, should get down to the George Hicks playing field in George Town.

The Cayman Islands Girls Football Organization is halfway through its fall 2009 season.

The programme runs every Saturday morning from 9-10:30am for girls aged four-and-a-half to 12 and promotes football skills, teamwork, and active living to a large group of eager participants.

Organiser Sue Greene said: ‘We’re grateful for the sponsorship of Generali through its Be Active programme. Through Generali’s sponsorship, girls pay only $15 for the entire 12-week season, and receive a jersey to keep.’

Each Saturday morning begins with a group warm-up and stretching session, after which the girls are divided into their age-groups and receive training in a specific football skill, such as passing, shooting, or trapping. The day concludes with a game and plenty of positive reinforcement.

Greene added: ‘CIGFO’s coaches have already noticed a large skill-level improvement in the girls who attend consistently, and are pleased that the girls are practicing their newly-acquired skills at home. Involvement in sport is an excellent way to keep young girls active and develop self-esteem and confidence as they grow.’

CIGFO always welcomes new footballers; interested girls are invited to visit the George Hicks Field at 9am on Saturday morning.

‘Please come with a water bottle, running shoes, shin guards, and a football with the player’s name on it (if possible). The Fall 2009 session will conclude on 5 December. The Spring 2010 session will begin in January.