Former Italian national team and Chelsea FC player Gianfranco Zola was on the ball Saturday when he attended the Academy Sports Club family fun day and hosted a free kick clinic.
As well as having an international football star as an attraction, the family fun day also featured a bouncy castle, a waterslide, popcorn and cotton candy. Families were able to enjoy activities for free with a donation to the new Good Samaritan Food Bank.
An Under-15 and Under-17 mini slam tournament rounded off the day, organizers said in a press release.
“It was great to see so many come together, to celebrate a great year as a club, and support a good cause,” said Virgil Seymour, technical director of Academy Sports Club. “The Good Samaritan Food Bank strives to make a difference to those most in need, and we hope that we were able to do precisely that at our fun day.”
Both tournaments were highly contested; with Alliance FC B team claiming the Under-17 trophy, and the ASC Warriors taking second place. In the Under-15 category, the ASC Jaguars came through victorious, defeating the ASC Panthers 2-1 in the final. Overall, 75 players took part in 18 matches, scoring 34 goals in 320 minutes of football.
Mr. Seymour described the day as a great success, with the addition of Mr. Zola inspiring many of the younger players.
“To see such a large number of young players both participating and enjoying a footballing day of fun was very pleasing for all of us at Academy to see. We hope that the insight given from such a famed ex-professional player will motivate and inspire the future generations of Caymanian football,” he said. Twelve large bins of non-perishable goods were donated to the Good Samaritan Food Bank.
For more information on how to donate, head to www.caymanfoodbank.com.