Mini Slam tournament boosts youth football

Caleb Winspear, winner of the Mini Slam Fair Play award, with Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden

Academy Sports Club organized its inaugural ASC Mini Slam 7v7 football tournament last Saturday, featuring footballers ages 8 to 12 who took to the four 7-a-side fields at the Academy pitch.

The half-day event was set up to give a boost to the current youth football environment, organizers said in a press release.

The Under-13 champions

“The U-13 players have had their competition postponed by CIFA until early 2017, so we organized this event partly to get those kids out and having some fun playing now,” said Paul Byles, U-13/U-15 coach at Academy.

“The 7-a-side format meant that local clubs and schools could enter multiple teams to enable more playing time for the youth players.

“We thought it would be a lot of fun, and with 58 goals scored in 384 minutes of football, it seems to have worked out very well,” he said.

Under-11 champions with Minister Bodden

Twelve teams participated in the Mini Slam tournament, including Cayman Athletic, Future FC, Tigers FC, Cayman Prep School and Academy Sports Club.

“Academy congratulates all the teams and players for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament. The spirit and camaraderie among the players coaches and parents was very positive,” said Virgil Seymour, head coach at Academy.

The volunteer referees, from left, Matthew Ritch, Kion Parchment, Conor Crighton, Oladapo Bailey, Nick Chung, Jacob Winspear, Alex Loginov and Enrique Smith

Academy plans to repeat the Mini Slam again in January, and based on feedback from the players and coaches, is expecting an even bigger turnout for the next event.

Academy Sports Club is a registered nonprofit youth football program in the Cayman Islands. Its aim is to provide quality football development to the youth of the Cayman Islands, while emphasizing academic excellence and providing opportunity for the development of personal character and civic responsibility.

Official results of the tournament:

U-11 Mini Slam Champions – Cayman Prep

U-11 Mini Slam Runners-up – Tigers FC ‘A’ Team

U-13 Mini Slam Champions – Cayman Athletic Sports Club

U-13 Mini Slam Runners-up – Future FC

U-11 Mini Slam top goal scorer – Jaxon Cover, Cayman Prep

U-13 Mini Slam top goal scorer – Jacobbi Tugman, ASC

Mini Slam Fair Play Award – Caleb Winspear


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