Chance for girls to kick it again

Girls who want to get into football have another opportunity to do so this weekend.  

Adding another dimension to its development programs, the Cayman Islands Football Association hosts its inaugural Girls Grassroots Football Festival on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from 9 a.m.-noon. 

“Cayman has been host to a number of CONCACAF women’s tournaments, and we hope to boost the women’s program by starting to teach our girls and young ladies about the basics of the game and the value and benefits that football and sports can instill in their lives,” said CIFA first vice-president Bruce Blake. 

The one-day event is open to girls ages 4 to 12, and uniforms will be provided courtesy of CONCACAF.  

During the session, girls will learn techniques and football skills from high-level instructors. Cayman Islands was host to the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Girls Championship last August, and the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Qualifiers last January. 

“The Women’s Committee has created a plan to develop the women’s football program in Cayman, providing further opportunities to empower girls on and off the field,” said CIFA’s Martha Godet. “We look forward to implementing a Girls Grassroots Festival during each quarter of 2015 so that we provide consistent support to our young ladies.”  

Godet thanked CONCACAF for sponsoring this event.  

Space is limited to 200 participants, and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. Those interested should email [email protected] by Thursday. 

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More girls are getting a chance to play football in Cayman than ever before. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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