Girls’ league has primary importance

Primary schoolgirls get a chance to play in their own football league from this Saturday.

The newly formatted Girls’ Primary Football League kicks off at the TE McField Annex and will be sponsored and coordinated by Caribbean Utilities Company.

The GPFL will run alongside the popular CUC Primary Football League. Girls already play in the PFL but now they have an opportunity to play exclusively amongst themselves.

Chelsea Green, who is now a teenager playing in Cayman’s national teams at Under-15 and U-20 level, was a star at primary school level.

Several primary schools across the island have been participating in the GPFL in recent years but with CUC now taking responsibility for the league, the games were moved from mid-week to Saturday mornings.

The girls’ games will now be played at 10 a.m. in between the CUC Primary Football League Under-9 games that begin at 9 a.m. and the U-11 matches which kick off at 11 a.m.

The PFL Committee has been working closely with Martha Godet and representatives from the Women’s Committee who have been designated by the Cayman Islands Football Association to develop the women’s game.

The Women’s Committee has provided personnel to assist with coaching a few of the school teams and will strive to provide female referees to officiate the GPFL games.

Moving games to Saturday mornings will help the Women’s Committee in monitoring primary schoolgirls. The schedule change also gives families the chance to support the girls.

The GPFL will cater to girls U-11 and will follow similar rules that apply to the PFL U-9 league.

Group A consists of Cayman International School, George Town Primary, Savannah Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary and St. Ignatius Prep. Group B includes Bodden Town Primary, Cayman Prep, North East School, Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary and Triple C.