Camana Bay backs kid ballers

Aspiring football talent is prevalent in the Cayman Islands across many educational institutions. In a few weeks Cayman will see some of that skill showcased by the private schools in particular.

The Private Schools Association of the Cayman Islands is putting on a seven-a-side football tournament at Camana Bay. Hosted at the Cayman International School field, the event takes place Thursday 3 February 10am-7pm.

Eight schools are taking part in the competition in Cayman Academy, Cayman International, Cayman Prep, Grace Christian Academy, Hope Academy, St. Ignatius, Triple C and Wesleyan Academy.

One of the organizers of the competition is its founder Jeremy Moore, the Principal of Cayman International’s secondary school. Moore, 35, hails from Orlando, Florida and has been in Cayman a few months. He states the idea behind the tournament is promoting unity among the various private schools.

“I am relatively new to the island,” Moore said. “After understanding a little more about the manner in which sports are organized here in Cayman I recognised that there are very few opportunities for private school students to be involved in interscholastic sports competitions. I approached directors, principals and coaches from all private schools to see if they would be interested in this idea (of a football tournament).

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“After multiple meetings with representatives from private schools, and taking into account differences in schedules, religious observances, and other factors from various schools, we came up with this one-day tournament in an effort to try to accommodate everyone. Hopefully this tournament will be an annual event and will have even more input from participants and stakeholders concerning dates, times and formats in the future.”

The eight teams, who are expected to field players taking part in local youth football league, will compete for a number of prizes. A DJ will be on hand and food and drink will be on sale. Moore states the awards on offer are quite interesting.

“There is one grand prize, other than the bragging rights of course. This grand prize is a large trophy cup with multiple plates that can be engraved. The winning school will have their name engraved and will keep the cup for that year until a new winner is determined in the next tournament. Plaques are given to each of the top three teams and all participants will receive a medal and T-shirt, compliments of Burger King, Osetra Bay, Mourant Ozannes and Popeyes.”

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