Triumphant Academy hailed by Webb

The Cayman Islands Football
Association praised the Academy Sports Club for the positive impact their youth
teams made recently, on the international scene winning the Under-11
competition and placing second in the Under-12s in the Schwan’s USA Summer
Youth Football Tournament.

The Schwan’s USA Cup is held
annually in Blaine, Minnesota. It began in 1985 by the Son’s of Norway, a
fraternal benefit organisation based in the Twin Cities.

President of CIFA Jeffrey Webb praised
the youngsters for their resilience and outstanding performances against the
more established and experienced teams they competed against from as far afield
as Brazil, Mexico and all over the United States. “On behalf of the Cayman
Islands Football Association I am tremendously proud of the success these young
boys achieved. It is clear that they are talented and skilful and can be developed
to play at the highest level if they remain focused,” Webb said.

“It is important for the
development of our young players for them to get experience playing abroad in
youth competitions. Sadly, few clubs in the Cayman Islands are prepared to
invest in such programmes and as such it gives me particular pleasure to see
Academy not only commit to participating in overseas tournaments, but perform
so well in them. Both sides have proved to be a credit for the Academy Sports
Club, and for youth football in the Cayman Islands.

“Congratulations to the Academy
Football Club, Technical Director Winston Chung Fah, Head Coach Virgil Seymour
and his assistant Glen Whelwell who have worked assiduously with these youths
over the past months preparing them for a job well done. I wish them continued
success with this crop of boys as they continue to be ambassadors of the Cayman
Islands. The teams trained hard from February and showed dexterity in what they
had accomplished during that time to make the club, their parents, supporters
and country extremely proud.”

The under-11 champions competed
against 17 teams in an eight day period and were virtually unstoppable winning
all but one of their games scoring 26 goals and conceding only four in the
process. The Under-12s played eight games in eight days and lost out in the
playoffs for the finals by the tightest of margins, 2-1. This kind of
performance from these young kids is impressive and with proper development
they will mature superbly as they continue to be ambassadors of the Cayman

Webb added: “Seymour is a former
national defender whose passion for the game is unquestionable. He manages to
balance his business with playing for Academy’s senior team and coaching these
boys expertly. Obviously, his efforts have not gone in vain and I am sure he
will continue to play his part in helping theses boys find their true potential.”

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