Elite recruiting football players

Cayman Islands Football Association president Lee Ramoon presents Elite SC captain Wesley Robinson with the FA Cup this year.

Elite Sports Club is recruiting football players for the upcoming season.

The club, which was established in 2006, had a successful 2015/16 season, winning the Under-15 Girls League, the Under-15 Girls FA Cup, Women’s President’s Cup, Under-21 League and the Men’s FA Cup Champions, and hopes to make the upcoming season equally or more successful.

Men’s head coach Gregory Ebanks said the club is looking to boost its numbers for the youth program that begins competition in October, especially the Under-15 and Under-17 boys teams.

“After the season, we are planning to take our youth teams away and play games, or participate in an overseas football camp. Elite’s Premier League team is presently considering playing in CFU [Caribbean Football Union], and this will entail increasing all areas of training, to facilitate this high level of football,” he said.

Martha Godet, head of the women’s program, described joining Elite is becoming part of a family rather than just joining a team. “Our objective is to provide our young people an opportunity to get involved and committed to the beautiful sport of football,” she said.

“In order to succeed,” she added, “the sport requires a tremendous amount of discipline, hard work, education and determination. It is truly [amazing] how much can be achieved through sports – scholarships and job opportunities are among the possibilities – and this is where Elite Sports Club can take you to the next level.”

Coach Ebanks is also calling on former players to get back into the sport and give back to local clubs. “We encourage and challenge players who played the sport to join an organization to help establish and develop programs for the betterment of these islands.”

Elite is also inviting sponsors to join its current sole sponsor Burger King to help fund the club.

The club kicked off its 2016-17 season in the Charity Shield against Scholars International on Sunday.

The Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Under-21 Men’s, Under-17 Boys’, Under-15 Boys’ and Under-13 Boys’ leagues begin in October: the Under-15 and Under-17 Girls’ leagues begin in November; the Under-21 Women’s and Under-13 Girls’ leagues start in January; and the Under-11 Boys’ league begins in February.

Players interested in joining Elite SC can email gregory.ebanks@gov.ky or mgodet63@gmail.com.