Roulstone inspires girls to kick it too

High school students in the Cayman Islands have received accounts of the importance of football in shaping lives by the Local Organising Committee of the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship.

Sharon Roulstone, chairwoman of the Local Organizing Committee, visited high schools to encourage more girls to participate in the sport while inviting students to attend matches from Aug. 6-17 in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

The first ever CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship features teams from 16 countries within the confederation.

“I hope that the school visits will create an awareness amongst our young ladies that football is not just a beautiful game, but that it actually helps build important life skills,” Roulstone said.

LOC officials have addressed more than 500 girls at schools across the Cayman Islands.

Roulstone added, “I hope our visits and the tournament this summer will evoke new interest in the sport and that in time, Cayman will develop strong and vibrant girls and women’s teams that will be the envy in this region.”

The U-15 girls competition follows the boys U-15 tournament hosted here last year and was won by Honduras.

“The Cayman Islands Football Association hopes that by promoting national representation that more girls will want to be involved in football and aspire to be part of our national program and represent the Cayman Islands,” said CIFA Vice-President Bruce Blake.

“This is an opportunity for the students to meet and interact with the young ladies that will be representing the Cayman Islands at the upcoming tournament. We thank the schools for accommodating us in their busy exam and graduation period.”

The Cayman Islands will be in Group A against Curacao, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.