Academy Sports Club gets upgrade

Island Paving's Donovan Richards and Allan Ebanks, third and fourth from left, with, from left, Academy Sports Club board members Virgil Seymour, Richard Hew, Dean Scott, Martin Cooke and Uche Obi. Island Paving donated the use of equipment and labor to help upgrade the club’s facilities.

Academy Sports Club, which promotes football among Cayman’s youth, has received an upgrade to its facilities after three companies donated to the club.

Island Paving, owned by Barry Bodden, donated the use of equipment and labor, while Dart donated artificial turf for its football pitch off Outpost Road. Crighton Properties donated the fill.

Academy’s head coach Virgil Seymour said, “Dart’s donation of the artificial turf, the fill donated by Crighton Properties and Island Paving’s donation of labor and equipment to install the turf has meant we have been able to benefit from adding an artificial scrimmage area to our field for the players.

Virgil Seymour
Virgil Seymour

“This makes a huge difference in the quality of training for our players because it will allow the club’s seven football teams the facility to continue training even when it is raining and will also allow more teams to train at night.” He added, “These extra training opportunities mean we can considerably improve the skills of our young players.”

Academy Sports Club operates under the motto, “The Books and the Ball, You’ve Got it All,” as it promotes excellence in both football and academic pursuits. The club states that its goal is also to “foster personal integrity, leadership skills and community awareness” among its players.

“Our young players are dedicated to their sport and donations of this kind only serve to enhance their chances of success, so we are deeply grateful to Island Paving and Dart for their generosity,” Mr. Seymour added.

Academy Sports Club is a nonprofit organization, run solely by volunteers. It has more than 250 players between the ages of 4 and 23, as well as a senior men’s team.

Academy is only local club participating in six CIFA youth leagues. It offers a specialized program called Football4All, which provides an opportunity for children with autism to participate in weekly football fun.