Scholars shine for West Bay

Scholars International Football
Club are the proud defending Premier League champions looking to retain their
title when the season resumes in a few weeks.

Scholars started last season
brilliantly and were undefeated for the first half of the season before the
wheels came off slightly and they lost a bit of impetus at the end. Bodden Town
were runners-up and are confident they can close the gap this season.

Scholars have other ideas. They
want to collect another $7,500 championship cheque, some of which has gone
towards paying for a trip to Cuba this week as part of their pre-season
preparations.

Formed 32 years ago, by founder
Antonio Smith, the West Bay side have achieved much both on the pitch and in
the community since.

Major accomplishments include
forming an organised corporate body, registering as a non-profit organisation
with license from government and a tremendous amount of community service with
an emphasis on sports and youth.

Scholars International can boast
that they are the oldest member of the Cayman Islands Football Association and
they have developed the Scholars Park West Bay and finished three phases.

They hold an annual free football
camp for kids and are the only club to host a women’s international football
tournament, plus they’ve hosted youth tournaments, other teams and had
university coaches over. Living up to their names, they are also proud of their
scholarship record, both as a facilitator and contributor.

Locally Scholars International are
involved in supporting various sports over the years besides football, such as
netball, basketball, volleyball, boxing and a gym.

At Christmas they give away
presents and food and drink for the kids and elderly in the West Bay community,
and of course are big supporters, contributors and organisers to many other
charitable events.

Last season besides the Premier
side, Scholars International fielded youth teams at Under-13 and U15 level, a
women’s senior team and a men’s first division side.

They are easily the most decorated
football club in Cayman having won more championships than any other. Scholars
International have been league champions a remarkable 11 times, won the FA Cup
seven times and been finalists and runners-up in the league many times.

They are currently looking for
sponsors for the 2010/2011 football season for all their teams. 

Contact
the treasurer Armando Ebanks on 916-1146 for more information
.

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Antonio Smith formed Scholars 32 years ago.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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