Community Cup kicks off again

The West Bay Sports Foundation is hosting its third Annual West Bay Community Cup Football Tournament on Monday.

It is at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay beginning at 9am.

The annual youth football extravaganza is a showcase for Cayman’s most talented youngsters with players in the Under-11, 13 and 15 age-groups taking centre stage. The tournament’s format will be similar to the CUC Primary Football League’s Opening Rally with short 20-minute games on small fields with penalties deciding the winner if scores are tied at full-time. Each age-group consists of six teams split into two groups.

Teams participating include Academy Sporting Club, Future Sporting Club, Elite Sporting Club, Cayman Athletic, Sunset, Bodden Town, Tigers and the PFL Youth Programme.

The West Bay Sports Foundation was founded three years ago by West Bay football legends Ardin ‘Cheeky’ Rivers and Mervin Smith. Together with a group of dedicated volunteers, the foundation saw the need to highlight the sporting talents of the Islands’ youngsters and at the same time raise funds to assist with school and medical expenses for those in need. Thus, the Community Cup was born.

Over the past three years, the foundation has presented cheques to several youngsters attending universities and colleges overseas and has also assisted a few with medical expenses, most recently over $10,000 to improve teenage footballer Jason Foster’s eyesight. In addition, the foundation was instrumental in bringing the Swindon Town Football Club Under-13 team to the Cayman Islands in February.

Mervin Smith said: “The foundation was formed for days like this – our best footballers on show for everyone to see. The volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past three years to make this tournament a success and the community as a whole has come together to show their support. We anticipate another exciting day of football, food and fun and encourage everyone to stop by and enjoy the day’s activities.”

This year’s tournament is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, At Water Consulting, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza.

Entry is $5 for adults and $3 for children, or donations are accepted. All funds collected at the gate go to the Chapel Church of God West Bay’s After School Programme.

For further information on the 2012 West Bay Community Cup, contact Ardin Rivers on 927-7011 or e-mail at [email protected]