East End are Prem quality now

East End United Football Club placed
the eastern end of the Cayman Islands in a distinguished position, resulting
from the team’s promotion to participate in the 2010-11 season of the Cayman
Islands Football Association Premier League competition.

East End, under the presidency of
John McLean Jr and the coaching of Thiago Cunha won the CIFA First Division
competition with 21 points.

Cunha said: “We feel very special
to have won the First Division table. Before the start of the season I asked
the players what were their plans. Everyone said that they wanted to play hard
for the team to be promoted to the Premier League.

“We used all the strong East End
players and organised a positive and strategic plan to go forward. This has
paid off and we are in the Premier League now. The residents from the eastern
districts know how hard we have worked.

“Basically, almost all of our
players are from East End and we have special people working with the youth and
senior programmes such as John McLean, Darcia Bodden, Anthony Frederick, Syd
Parson, Darell Rankin, Rico Bodden and Triston McField.

“I am very proud to be part of the
senior team, Under-17, U-15 and primary school teams who work very hard to be
successful. East End is producing very good players, I can attest to that as I
am the coach for the past seven years.”

An elated president John McLean
boasted about the dedication of his devoted club members and players who had
done the East Enders proud.

He said: “I want to use this medium
to extend my gratitude to coach Thiago Cunha, Darcia Bodden, Joey Pearson,
Anthony Frederick, Rico Bodden, Darrell Rankin and my sincere thanks to all the
players and their families who have dedicated their time and effort to the advancement
and development of the East End United Football Club.

“We collectively, are aspiring to
help the club continue to advance and maintain a high level of professionalism
in football.

“As president, I will continue to
give my unconditional support to ensure that these dreams become a reality. I
was a player on the 1996-97 East End team when they became champions of the
then Division Two competition. Therefore, I am fully aware of the sacrifices,
dedication and hard work that each and every player place in these games.

“When I became president, I
immediately decided to include in our programme the awarding of bicycles to
players who score three or more goals in games. This stand motivated the
players and three of them were presented with bicycles recently after achieving
the requirement. They are Roderick Pearson, Rico Bodden and Andrew Bowling.”

East End Football Club has existed
for over 26 years during which time it won over ten championships.

They have a great crop of
youngsters who have a lot of potential and interest in the sport. This is a
plus for football development on the island. Cunha is a dedicated coach and
fitness instructor who is also the women’s national technical director.