West Bay will be showcasing youth football talent this weekend.
The West Bay Sports Foundation is hosting its fourth annual West Bay Community Cup Football Tournament on Monday, 1 July at the Ed Bush Sports Complex beginning at 9am.
The annual youth football extravaganza is a showcase for Cayman’s talented youngsters with players in the Under-12, Under-13 and Under-15 (male) and Under-15 (female) age groups taking centre stage. Players from the newly established Under-13, Under-15 and Under 15 (Female) national football programmes will be involved in the games.
Matches will be in a format similar to the CUC Primary Football League’s Opening Rally with short 20-minute games (10 minutes per half) on small fields with penalties deciding the winner if scores are tied after regulation. The top two finishers in each division will face each other in the final.
Teams participating in the 2013 Domino’s Pizza West Bay Community Cup include Academy SC, Future SC, Scholars International, Elite SC, Cayman Athletic, Tigers FC and the Under-13 national programme.
This year, West Bay’s Elite Sports Club will be benefitting from the minimal entry fee of $3 and any donations accepted at the gate, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and refreshments.
In addition, the club will be selling raffle tickets during the day with the grand prize of $2,500 and other prizes, including airline tickets on Cayman Airways, an iPhone and gift certificates being raffled at the end of the day.
The West Bay Sports Foundation was founded more than four and a half years ago by well-known West Bay football legends Arden “Cheeky” Rivers and Mervin Smith.
Together with a group of dedicated volunteers, the foundation saw the need to highlight the sporting talents of the Cayman Islands’ youngsters and at the same time raise money to assist with school and medical expenses for those in need.
During the past four years, the foundation has presented cheques to several youngsters attending universities and colleges overseas and has also assisted others with medical expenses. In addition, the foundation was instrumental in bringing the Swindon Town FC Under-13 and Under-14 teams to the Cayman Islands in February 2012 and February 2013 and the Under-17s from CD Vida from Honduras.
Cofounder Arden Rivers said, “The volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past four 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 is also a chance for the public to familiarise themselves with players from our Under-15 male and female national programmes who will be representing the Cayman Islands in upcoming tournaments. Special thanks to our main sponsors, Domino’s Pizza.”