Elite Sports Club had another successful football season and the girls Under-15s can boast of being the club’s best team.
They won the league without defeat and secured the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Scholars International thanks to a Chelsea Green hat trick. Chelsea is aptly named because she looks capable of being a multiple champion just like the celebrated west London club.
Martha Godet is Elite’s president. She said: “We were successful due to the team comprising of players who are experienced players. Chelsea Green is a very skilful player. She can manage the ball very well and has great shooting and dribbling attributes. She also understands positioning as well.”
The women’s football programme in the Cayman Islands has produced some excellent players in recent years and the next wave looks capable of emulating its predecessors. From Elite, as well as Green, Godet expects Chyanai Tibbetts, Amanda Frederick and Shanelle Bennett to shine in the future.
Godet said she thinks local girls football generally is progressing in the right direction.
“In terms of talent, very well, however, we continue to face the challenge of increasing the number of teams in women and girls players,” she said. “There is still a lack of interest from the clubs, lack of human resource. There are so many talented players out there, but not placing enough emphasis by encouraging them to come out and play.
“We are aware of the many challenges our young people are facing out there and getting them involved in sports is the biggest achievement one can do for them.”
Overall, she said she thinks the football community here is a solid one, especially in West Bay, where Elite are based.
“I would like to thank the coaches from the other teams, Sunset, Tigers and Scholars, who made every effort in joining together to make the U-15 girls league a successful one.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage other clubs and teams to join in next season.
“I also would like to thank the Referees’ Association for their support in providing adequate and punctual officials for the U-15 league games and the parents for their support and Thiago Cunha for his hard work and dedication by making sure the league ran as smoothly as possible.
“I’m looking forward to next season. We are planning on bringing out an U-13 and U-17 as well for the upcoming season and I challenge all football coaches, administrators and schools to start promoting and recruiting young footballers to partake in the beautiful sport.”