Tournament will celebrate men on and off the pitch

The Family Resource Center hopes to highlight men through football. 

International Men’s Day is on Wednesday and the center is working alongside Davenport Development to stage its fourth annual football tournament on Nov. 22 at the Camana Bay Sports Complex. The football field on the Cayman International School campus will serve as the venue throughout the day, with check-in time set for 10 a.m. The pre-registration deadline for the tournament is Nov. 19. Registration fees are $5 for boys and $15 for men and T-shirts are provided. 

Teams will consist of 10 players in a 7-a-side format, with each game lasting 15 minutes. Davenport Development has donated a $500 prize for each winning team across three age groups: boys 8-12, boys 13-15 and men 16 and over. Other team sponsors are the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, Island Taste, and the Complaints Commissioner’s Office. 

Saturday’s tournament is part of Cayman’s efforts to join the rest of the world in honoring the achievements and positive contributions of men and boys. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, International Men’s Day and the associated events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. 

The objectives include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values. 

The football tournament is one of many initiatives planned by the center. The CayMAN Pledge Night will take place at Regal Cinema in Camana Bay on Nov. 19, with a screening of “Boys’ Voice” – a short film featuring local boys talking about serious issues that affect their lives. The film is produced by the Family Resource Centre, Ben Hudson and Mari Abe. 

For more information, contact the Family Resource Centre at 949-0006 or email [email protected] 

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Young men will hit the pitch at Camana Bay this weekend. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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