Football star Zola teaches free kicks for food bank

Event benefits Good Samaritan Food Bank

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.