One of the two Academy Sports Club squads won the Cayman Islands Football Association Under 12’s ‘Rally’ recently.
The rally, which took place over two weekends at the George Town Annex and Academy Sports Club fields, featured a total of seven teams including an Academy White team coached by Logan Seymour; an Academy Blue team coached by Virgil Seymour; a Alliance Football Club team coached by Mark Solomon; a Future Sports Club team coached by Roy Ebanks and Sarah Orrett; a George Town Sports Club team coached by Lee Ramoon; and two teams from the Sunset Football Club – the Colts coached by Neil Purton and the Eagles coached by Paul Macey and James Kennedy.
All seven teams are members of the regular U12 league, which League Administrator James Rich said is non-competitive and focused on getting children playing and enjoying football without worrying about league positions and results, or top goal scorers.
“We don’t keep track of results in the normal Under 12 League,” Rich said. “We hold a season opening and closing rally that the players really enjoy, but we will emphasize that they are playing to have fun at this age level.”
In the closing rally, Academy White went undefeated in all of their matches to win, beating second place Sunset Eagles, who only lost one game – to Academy White – in the rally stage and then again to the same team, 3-0, in the final. Academy White coach Seymour said he was very proud of the boys and how hard they trained during the season.
“Coaching the Academy White U12’s this year has been my first coaching experience, so it’s especially rewarding to see my team do so well, winning both the opening and end-of-season rallies,” he said.
Sunset Eagles coach and CIFA acting general secretary, Paul Macey, commended Seymour’s team and said he was pleased to see so many young players out on the field enjoying the game.
The Academy White and the Sunset Eagles players were rewarded with medals for making it to the final and all teams will receive participation awards at CIFA’s Awards Ceremony, to be held this Friday, June 26, at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
Director of National Teams Renard Moxam said the league was used as a pilot project with a few new ideas, including having teams play 7v7 instead of the 9v9 format used in the previous year.
Moxam said this was beneficial to the individual play of all the players.
“As players had more touches of the ball, their confidence grew as the competition progressed,” he said.