An international football tournament is coming to the Cayman Islands soon, which will give teenage players a rare chance to showcase their skills without having to go abroad.
The local organising committee for the CONCACAF under-15 tournament is preparing for the inaugural edition in the Cayman Islands from 11 to 25 August.
The Cayman Islands Football Association will host the first-ever CONCACAF multi-team international soccer event in three venues, Ed Bush Sports Complex, T.E. McField Annex and the national stadium.
This event is part of the overall football development initiative at the confederation level, launched by CONCACAF president Jeffery Webb.
It is the first time that national teams will be competing against each other at the U-15 age level under the umbrella of the North America, Central America and the Caribbean Confederation.
“In order to foster growth and development of all the CONCACAF, as well as, Caribbean member associations, we have to create competitive opportunities for young men and women to compete at early ages, so that they progress in the best possible conditions to their full-national teams,” Webb said.
“We need to ensure as the host nation, that we put on a world-class event,” said Bruce Blake, the local organising committee chairman and CIFA first vice president. About 75 to 100 volunteers will be needed to ensure that this tournament is organised to the level expected by CONCACAF. We will need volunteers in many areas, including teams services, event management, protocol, transportation and medical services.”
“A strong football history, very good infrastructure such as accommodations, transportation, as well as good competition facilities, are the primary reasons Cayman Islands have been tapped to host this important international event,” said Paul Macey, deputy chairman of the tournament and acting general secretary of CIFA.
Macey added: “It is a great honour and wonderful opportunity for Cayman Islands to host this prestigious event and to welcome teams from throughout the Caribbean and Central American regions.”
For more information, contact assistant general secretary Mark Campbell at [email protected] or call 916-3462.