Some of Cayman’s up and coming young soccer players get the chance to test themselves against elite international competition when the Cayman Airways Under-14 Invitational Youth Cup kicks off Monday.
Following on from last month’s under-15 tournament, won by an academy side from English giants Manchester City, the tournament features equally high-class opposition.
Local sides from Sunset and Academy will line up against youngsters from professional academies, including Tottenham Hotspur, the north London side that finished third in the English Premier League last season. Teams from League One outfit Gillingham and Jamaican side Harbor View are also involved.
The tournament starts at 4:45 p.m. with Sunset facing American side REV Soccer club.
The teams will compete throughout the week at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, and on Friday at the Ed Bush Stadium. After a round-robin group phase there will be knockout games ahead of the finals on Saturday at Truman Bodden.
Virgil Seymour, Academy Sports Club, head coach, said the boys are looking forward to the tournament.
“Recognizing that the competition is going to be tough, they are training harder than ever and encouraging each other as the training gets harder. The boys are gearing up to represent their team and country to the best of their ability.”
Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said, “The Ministry of Tourism is very pleased to once again partner with our National Airline, Cayman Airways, for the advancement of sports tourism in the Cayman Islands … It helps to bring visitors to our shores during the slower shoulder season and for the players, it is a catalyst that builds life-long relationships.”