Cayman Islands rugby is building up its sevens programme this summer.
Cayman’s national team departs on Monday, 12 August, for Glendale, Colorado where they will spend the week in camp with former Canadian Coach Morgan Williams, Richard ’Grizz’ Adams and Dave Clancy, the specialist strength and conditioning coach that the Cayman Rugby Football Union has employed to work with the sevens players leading into November.
The highly prestigious Colorado tournament, the Serevi International, is strictly invitational so Cayman are delighted to have received consideration. Cayman are in a pool with France, Mexico and the Tiger Cubs.
The 12-team tournament, that will feature the US Olympic team, the US’s top sevens players as well some of the world’s best, will be played over two days on 17-18 August and will form a major part of the team’s development building towards the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association Regional Sevens Championships, to be played at Cayman’s Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 9-10 November.
On the ladies side, the national women’s sevens squad is starting a recruitment and training programme geared towards qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
There is a free training boot camp taking place at 3pm on Sunday, 1 September, at the South Sound Rugby Club. It is an exceptional opportunity for any female member of the public to come and learn about rugby as a sport and to be trained by a select group of experienced International Rugby Board qualified coaches and an international strength and conditioning coach, with video analysis and men’s national squad player demonstrations.
While qualifying for the 2016 Olympics is the main focus and long term goal of the women’s programme, Cayman is eager to send ladies to the following international tournaments: the 2013 NACRA Regional Championships, the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, the 2015 Islands Games in Jersey and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia.