Young players from Tottenham Hotspur Academy will play at this year’s Cayman Airways Under-14 Invitational Cup in June.
The Under-14 annual football tournament, now in its third year, has attracted some of the best young players in the region, as well as from the United States and United Kingdom, to play against Cayman’s youth teams.
The tournament, on June 21-26 at the Camana Bay Sports Complex, will involve eight teams – six international and two local teams.
Event organizer Virgil Seymour from Academy Sports Club said, “Tottenham Hotspur are currently second place in the English Premier League, which makes the inclusion of their Academy U-14 team in the CAL Invitational U-14 Youth Cup even more special.
“We are also delighted to welcome first-class Jamaican teams Cavalier FC and Harbour View FC,” he said. “We know that all the international teams will give our local teams – Academy Sports Club and Sunset FC – the chance to play their absolute best during the tournament.”
Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden said attracting teams of such caliber and worldwide status to the CAL Invitational U-14 Youth Club gives sport in Cayman a huge boost.
“The main objective for the tournament is to raise awareness of youth football and sports in general in Cayman, and so having the players from Tottenham Hotspur Academy and the other top-class international football clubs means we have some of the best young players in the world playing against our home teams.”
Minister Bodden said the tournament will raise the profile of the Cayman Islands with visiting teams and “no doubt, this will be an unforgettable experience for our young players and one from which they can grow immeasurably as football players.”
Title sponsor Cayman Airways will fly in all the visiting teams.
Fabien Whorms, the airline’s CEO, said, “Best of luck to all the participating teams in what we expect to be a thrilling tournament this year. We especially wish our Cayman teams the very best.”