Reef helped them kick back

The Cayman Islands national football squad is training hard for upcoming World Cup and Olympic qualifiers and one pleasant aspect of that preparation was a recent two-day trip to the Reef Resort Hotel in East End.

The squad, headed by the national technical director Carl Brown, was accommodated from 17-19 June at the Reef Resort and did their training on the nearby beaches and the East End Playing Field. It was a pleasant change for the squad and helped the bonding process, so vital to all successful teams.

Organised by the Cayman Islands Football Association, they thanked the Cayman Islands Government, Captain’s Bakery, Welly’s Cool Spot and William McLaughlin, Graham Rankin, Barry Martinez and Simon Berch for their individual contributions.

Jeffrey Webb, CIFA president, was impressed with the collective spirit that made the 21-member squad feel so comfortable away, adding that his only disappointment was the fact that not all 40 invited players attended.

“On behalf of CIFA I thank the Cayman Islands Government, the restaurants, the Reef Resort Hotel and the three football stalwarts who have played and supported the game of football all their lives, and who have taken the bold step in helping to organize, accommodate, feed and transport the players during the training camp,” Webb said.

“It is the association’s dream to see this example followed by the other communities and corporate business entities to give these young ambassadors of our country a sense of pride knowing that they are recognised for their efforts representing the island.

“I just want to say thanks again, and a warm welcome to each and every one who wishes to assist in the future as the team continue its preparation for the upcoming international competitions.”

The squad trains daily at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex with Brown and fitness trainer Thiago Cunha from 6:30-8:30pm. The selections were made from the CIFA Premier and Foster’s First Division League clubs.