West Bay brings over CD Vida

Cayman’s youth footballers get a rare chance to face top international opposition this weekend.  

In its continuing effort to improving youth football in the Cayman Islands, the West Bay Sports Foundation is hosting an Under-15 team from Club Social v Deportivo, aka CD Vida, a professional club based in La Ceiba, Honduras this weekend.  

October marks 72 years of CD Vida’s existence and involvement in football in Honduras. In 1964, CD Vida won their chance to represent La Ceiba in the professional Honduran Major League Soccer.  

From 1965-75, CD Vida enjoyed a successful transition from amateur football to the professional ranks always finishing in the top four in the Honduran professional league. Throughout the years, CD Vida has provided numerous players to the Honduran national team, including a few key players who represented Honduras in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. 

On Saturday at 6pm, CD Vida’s U-15 team face a West Bay Select at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay. On Sunday, Cayman’s U-15 champions Academy Sports Club square off against the Honduran at 5pm at the TE McField Annex Field in George Town. 

Sunday’s game will precede the Cayman Islands Football Association 2012 Charity Shield between defending Premier League champions Scholars International and Premier League runners-up Elite Sports Club at 7pm. 

Tickets for Saturday’s game are $7 and on Sunday, tickets are $15. The $15 covers admission to the Under 15 game and the Charity Shield. Tickets are available at the gate for both nights and children under 12 are free. 

West Bay Sports Foundation founder Ardin Rivers said: “We continue to assist with the development of our young footballers by inviting top opposition from within the region and around the world.  

“We are thrilled to welcome the youngsters from Honduras and encourage everyone, especially the Honduran community, to come out and support the games. Our local teams will benefit greatly from these types of games and we wish them all the best. Special thanks to all the sponsors who have made this event possible.” 

The CD Vida visit is made possible by the West Bay Sports Foundation, the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Cayman Islands Football Association and a number of sponsors including Shamrock Heights Development, CMEC Cayman, Management and Engineering, AMB Construction, Adare Investments, Paint Pros, Island Electronics, Hyde Agencies, Cayman Armoured Courier Services and King Imports. 

Sunday’s game will precede the Cayman Islands Football Association 2012 Charity Shield between defending Premier League champions Scholars International and Premier League runners-up Elite Sports Club at 7pm. 

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