Savannah Tigers cubs grow into a roaring success

Tigers Sports Club has rebranded and is now called Savannah Tigers Sports Club. 

The football club has been working with Savannah Primary School for the last three years, volunteering coaches for their CUC Primary Football League games, and the input has seen their A and B teams reach three finals each, both teams winning two of them. 

The primary school games have seen kids graduate into Savannah Tigers club teams, said technical director Walter Hernandez. 

Next season they will enter teams in the Under-12, U-13, U-15 leagues and men’s First Division, as well as U-11 and U-16 girls’ leagues. 

“Our hard work over the past year is starting to pay off, and we are building relationships with such clubs as Orlando City to open training opportunities for our boys and girls,” Hernandez said. 

“We represent the Savannah community in general, and we would like to invite and welcome all interested persons from the Savannah community to join us either as supporters, players or volunteers.” 

Hernandez added that they will welcome any business interested in sponsoring the club. 

Hernandez’s system seems to be working. His daughter Monique is now playing at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy in Utah. She played her first game last Thursday and they won 5-3. 

“I am hoping that we can send more girls next year,” he said. 

Savannah Tigers Sports Club continued their tradition to open opportunities for their youth team members last month with their annual trip to the Major League Soccer club Orlando City for a weeklong camp. 

Twenty-one boys and girls enjoyed the teaching methods of the City coaches and got a chance for some playing exposure as a team in two full-size games against City’s academy players, as well as against a club out of Bermuda. 

“The City coaches were excited to host our Cayman kids and impressed with the talent and passion the boys and girls showed towards learning,” Hernandez said. 

The camp’s all-day sessions covered all aspects of the game, such as passing, dribbling, team-building exercises, small game simulation, proper nutrition and mental preparedness. 

Hernandez said, “Orlando City camp was a wonderful opportunity for our kids to receive the training and exposure that will help them develop their game. 

“The groups are small and very personalized, which allows the players to be more personally identified by the coaches. We were given firsthand access to the club’s facilities and look forward to building a relationship with Orlando City to secure future long-term training opportunities.” 

The kids also got a chance to meet Orlando City first-team players. 

Hernandez added, “Savannah Tigers thanks all our supporters and sponsors … as well as private individuals Anthony Eden, parents and fans.” 

Hernandez said Savannah Tigers has been involved in the community since 2003 by helping kids find an alternative pastime that “promotes leadership, teamwork and perseverance.” 

He added, “The program we offer provides Cayman’s youth the opportunity to develop and demonstrate team spirit through sacrifice and commitment.” 

The team’s motto is “Sacrifice; Success.” 

Kids from age 4 are accepted into its football program, and they take pride in teaching them football to enhance their natural abilities and provide them with constructive extracurricular activities. 

For more information, contact [email protected] or coach Walter Hernandez on 939-2463, Ondina Hernandez on 939-3803, or Bridget Myers on 917-2025. 

Coach Walter Hernandez, right, with the group that went to Orlando last month.
Coach Walter Hernandez, right, with the group that went to Orlando last month.