Gillie needs help after growth spurt

Cayman Athletic Football Club has one of the best youth policies in the Cayman Islands but it is the victim of its own success and has grown so much in recent seasons that it needs more volunteers.

Cayman Athletic is appealing to club members, past players, especially those who obtained football scholarships previous and are not involved with another club, or anyone who has knowledge of the game to volunteer some of their time to help out.

Technical director Ernie “Gillie” Seymour is looking for coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, physiotherapists, trainers, equipment managers, welfare officers and scholastic coordinators.

“It’s important that volunteers have their own transportation, particularly the equipment managers because they will have to take equipment back and forth sometimes, especially when we have away games,” Seymour said.

“Volunteers will join a club with a 95 percent roster of Caymanian youths. Therefore, they will be making an enormous contribution to Cayman’s future.”

The club is also making an appeal to potential sponsors to commit because it is costly to run a club with multiple teams. The club has a Premier League side and teams at Under-23, U-17, U-15 and U-13 level.

Cayman Athletic’s exceptional youngsters include Seymour’s son Jamaal, Matthew Suberan, Kevin Foster, David Connolly, Christopher Ebanks and Kelvin Stephenson. Defender Santagelo Bush also has enormous potential, but is injured at present.

Seymour is also willing to train or seek training for anyone who does not have much experience and is willing to learn for any of the positions mentioned.

Since its inauguration in 2006, Cayman Athletic has won many team and individual awards, especially in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s youth divisions.

The club has a record in the U-15 division for going undefeated for three consecutive seasons and has been champions and runners-up in the other divisions as well, including FA Cup finals.

The club also won CIFA’s First Division in 2010-11, which promoted them to the Premier League, and was runner-up in the FA Cup that year.

Most of the players in the Premier and U-23 teams came through the club’s youth program.

Anyone interested can contact Ernie Seymour on 927-1405 or email [email protected]

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