CFP backs United

Over the last three years Women United Football Club have been Cayman’s best female football team. Many members of the public have backed the team and among their supporters is the Caymanian Compass.

The island’s favourite newspaper for the last 45 years gave substantial financial support to the club for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. A product of Cayman Free Press, the newspaper had a notable role in the team winning the FA Cup twice, the Cayman Islands Football Association Women’s League and the Under-17 Girls’ League.

CFP Marketing Manager Anne Mason states the company was happy to support the club and wishes the best for the coming season.

“Sports play a valuable role in Cayman society and in a number of our products here at Cayman Free Press,” Mason said. “As the national sport, football is an important discipline to support and we’re glad to have backed one of Cayman’s most successful organisations in Women United Football Club. The Caymanian Compass was pleased to support and sponsor Women United and we wish them luck for the next season.”

As a sign of gratitude Women United presented a plaque to CFP at its main office. On hand for the presentation were Women United club vice-president Gloria Gall and player Kimberly Pitta (who is in her fourth year on the team). Gall’s daughter Shenel captains the team and starred on the national U17 team that made the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football U17 World Cup last year (the first Cayman team ever to qualify for any major CONCACAF tournament).

Gall, who lives in Newlands, said: “We’re really grateful and thankful to CFP,” Gall said. “We’ll now be able to do a lot of self-promotion. Hopefully we can have more great sponsors like CFP.”

A star in basketball and softball out of West Bay, Pitta states the sponsorship helped put her mind at ease during the season.

“It felt good and made things easier on the club and for the girls to play their game,” Pitta said. “I’ve played with other teams that didn’t have the support of sponsors. Fund-raising was a big responsibility for the players. In this case we didn’t have to worry too much about that.”

Based on its availability of star players, dominating women’s football once again will not be easy for Women United. Seven young ladies are currently at university in the US: starting keeper Emily Kelly, top scorers Shenel Gall, Alyssa Chin and Ashani Francis, Ashley Borde, defensive general Brianna Hydes and Young Caymanian Leadership Award finalist Krishan Welcome.

With the 2010-11 season starting soon, Gall states in spite of the absences the team should be on track for more success. “This season sees a lot of changes. New players are coming on board with those girls away at college right now. We’re looking forward to working really hard to maintain the standard we’ve set on the field and in the classroom. We want to continue to boast a standard where our girls go overseas and we want to have more girls go away to college.”

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