Local football is bracing for another spectacle.
The spotlight will continue to be on juniors as the Cayman Islands braces for the C3 Cayman International Youth Football Tournament on Feb. 18-22. The competition – taking place at George Town’s T.E. McField Sports Center (also known as the Annex) – features the youth academies of English League 1 outfit Swindon Town, Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and a Cayman Select squad – most of whom were part of the national team at the recent CONCACAF Under-15 Championships.
Grasspiece Promotions serve as tournament organizers and representative Bruce Sigsworth said in last Friday’s press conference that the competition should be exciting.
“We’re happy to have this tournament on again this year,” Sigsworth said. “This is the third year in a row having Swindon Town here. Now we’re involving the Dynamos, who are here for the first time bringing their Under-15 academy team. It’s looking to be a good tournament and we’ve already had great support from the private sector.”
The major sponsors are C3 high-speed Internet, TV and phone, Pepsi, Aquafina and the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture. The tournament is being run in association with the Cayman Islands Football Association and Sunset Football Club.
The three teams will be competing in a round-robin format. Swindon Town arrives Sunday, Feb. 16, and the Dynamo three days later. The Swindon Town youngsters will play Cayman Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Houston on Feb. 20. The final game will be between Cayman and the Dynamo on Feb. 22. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be preceded by games featuring Cayman’s top Under-14 and Under-13 players.
Cystal Gomez, who serves as marketing manager for C3, said coming onboard as a sponsor was a great opportunity.
“We loved the name Grasspiece and saw the tournament as a great opportunity to get involved,” Gomez said. “We’re a local company and we want to support our people. We’re excited for this tournament.”
Tickets for the tournament are $10 for the three games or $5 per game and are available at the gate. Children under 13 will be charged $1 at the gate.