Cayman’s women footballers are impressing pro clubs just as much as the men at present judging by the interest top United States club FC Indiana is showing in local talent.
Last week striker Shenel Gall was offered a contract to start in May and now teenager Shanelle Frederick could be joining the club later this year too. Frederick is only 16 and Indiana have offered her a contract to join the second team and finish her studies with them before becoming a full-time pro. Frederick is from Cayman Brac but her talent was spotted from an early age and the family moved to Grand Cayman to enhance her football prospects. The gamble paid off.
Dad Martinez said: “This is a great opportunity for Shanelle to go to a top club in the US and I hope this leads to other Caymanian footballers getting an opportunity. I hope everything works out for her.
“We will take a visit to FC Indiana and she will see if she likes it and hopefully she will start school around August time. She is pretty excited and will be playing with the high school in Division 1. She has always wanted to be a pro.”
Thiago Cunha is Technical Director of the women’s football programme here. He said: “I’m really pleased for both girls to get this chance to play at a higher level. FC Indiana are one of the top professional teams in the US. It will take Shenelle a few years to really learn how to be a pro but I’m confident she will succeed. I’m happy to play my part.”
Shek Borkowski is FC Indiana’s Head Coach. He was recently here with Grace College who played three matches against select Cayman women teams. That’s when he spotted Frederick who was already on his radar. She plays for Elite and is top scorer in the women’s and Under-17 leagues. She said: “I feel really excited. I can’t wait.”
Borkowski said: “Coach Thiago has done a fantastic job.”
Cayman’s girl footballers are doing really well. Goalkeeper Emily Kelly, 17, has just been accepted on a full scholarship to join the University of Richmond in the fall.