Government helps U17 girls kick on

A contribution from the Ministry of
Sport to cover some training expenses has just brightened the future for Cayman’s
latest football stars, the U17 Women’s national football team.

This sponsorship will help to fund
team preparation, training camps and practice matches as the team prepares for
the U17 World Cup Qualifiers.

In group A, host country Costa Rica will play the Cayman
Islands in a night game on the opening day (Wednesday March 10) of
the tournament.

Cayman will then play the United States on Friday, March 12 and Haiti
on Sunday March 14 in an afternoon match-up.

Group B consists of Canada, Jamaica,
Mexico and Panama.

The top two teams will qualify,
along with U17 Women’s World Cup host Trinidad and Tobago, for the world
championship in September.

Minister for Youth and Sports Mark
Scotland talked about the importance of supporting the national team.

“Government is happy to sponsor
these young footballers,” Scotland
said. “They are showing great potential and while they have enjoyed playing
against the boys during local practice, it is also important to provide them
with opportunities to travel further a field.

“This funding will allow them to
compete more often on the international stage, and we look forward to see them
achieve even greater success.”

The U17 women’s players made
history last December when they became the first national football team in the
history of Cayman to make it to the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.

That match was well-attended with
thousands of Cayman supporters in the stands at the Truman Bodden Sports
Complex.

Leading the girls is Coach Bobby
McLaren (who also heads the Womens United local girls team) and Thiago Cungha
(who works extensively with the East End
football fraternity).

The side features some of Cayman’s
brightest sports talents such as Shenell Gall and Shanice Monteith.