World Cup well taken

The 2010 Cayman World Cup of
Football tournament owes its success to the local football community.

Without the enthusiasm of the
Cayman-based five-a-side football players, who carried flags and uniforms for
their countries, the competition at WestTel Arena would have disintegrated.

Yet props are not only in order for
countries like Honduras (who
are back-to-back champs) and players like Immer Carter and Rene Carter (who
played on the Honduras
teams).

The volunteers, private sector and
local government deserve recognition. Much praise goes to all of the event sponsors
in the form of Cayman Active, Z99, WestTel, VIP Productions, and the Doghouse. 

As tournament organizer and King’s
Athletic Director Ray Singh states, many hands lightened the load of the
competition.

“A number of companies and
individuals donated a significant amount of time to pulling off the tournament.
Between the sponsors, referees, announcers, photographers, volunteers and
videographers, our bare bone crew deserves a lot of praise.

“We would also like to thank the
Honourable Sports Minister Mark Scotland and Acting Director of Sports Collin
Anglin for attending our opening and closing ceremonies.”

Anglin attended the closing
ceremonies on Sunday after becoming the recipient of the Young Caymanian Leadership
Award on Saturday.

Tournament sponsor and Cayman (team
blue) squad member Randy Merren of Hurley’s Entertainment expressed his contentment
with the event.

“This was a fantastic tournament,
well organized, and is now becoming an annual event at King’s.  Ray and
his staff did a great job, and announcer Jason Harper was great at both the
play-by-play and his professionalism during the post-game interviews. 
Both the players and fans are looking forward to next year’s event.”

The Cayman World Cup of Football
tournament is part of a new live-stream segment of King’s Sports Centre, in association
with sister company Cayman Sports Authority.   

The entire tournament was broadcast
live via www.csa.ky, where close to 1000 fans from around the world,
representing 20 nations, tuned in to watch the players in action.

Martin Wilkinson of VIP Productions
stated how the live streaming was a boon to Cayman’s tourism.

“We were thrilled to know that our
work was being broadcast live on the internet at www.csa.ky. The VIP team
did a great job and our coverage was similar to watching a Manchester United
match on television with multiple camera angles and
live commentary.

“Friends and family of the World
Cup players all around the globe were very excited to see all the action.
I even heard stories of fans in Scotland
staying up until 3am to watch their friends play. VIP Productions was also
pleased to show footage of our beautiful islands on the internet stream during
breaks between games. This meant that thousands of people all around the world
saw great images of Cayman. Hopefully they will come to see it all for themselves
soon.”

The tournament also doubled as the
launch of King’s Sports Centre’s 2010 sports campaign. There is much to look
forward this year with the addition of the new King Pin Bowling Alley and
other facility upgrades. 

Fans can read up on all of action
from the tournament by visiting www.csa.ky. For more information e-mail Ray
Singh at [email protected]

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