Veteran coaches get highest awards

Three football coaches have receive top awards for their long and dedicated services to developing the sport in the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands football Association congratulated Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks, Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour and Elbert McLean, the three district coaches who were given Gold Medal of Merit awards by the Cayman Islands government for recognition of years of outstanding youth and community development in sports.

All three coaches have contributed tremendously to football in the West Bay, George Town and Bodden Town districts respectively. They have touched the lives of youngsters in a positive way spending quality time which sometimes extends to odd, unsociable hours in order for them to pass on their expertise adequately.

According to President of CIFA Jeffrey Webb: “Coaches Ebanks, Seymour and McLean have made an ineffaceable mark on not just the players but in the minds of their parents, teachers relatives and supporters. They have been fathers, friends and family to these players in many instances, while administering their roles as coaches.

“On behalf of CIFA, I congratulate all three men on their achievement. They have earned these merits by working assiduously in and out of their communities and with clubs which facilitates older players and as such deserve this award and more.

“I thank the Cayman Islands government for affording these men this recognition and I encourage them to continue on this inclination developing the young minds and other persons who are interested to grasp football knowledge from these experts in order to channel the community in a positive direction.”