Cayman Invitational Youth Cup attracts world-class clubs

CIFA President Jeffrey Webb makes his remarks at the launch press conference for the Cayman Airways Cup

Five regional and international clubs will compete in the first ever Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Cup which kicks off Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Teams from Charlton Athletic (England), IMG Academy (United States), Real Club Deportivo España (Honduras), Harbour View F.C (Jamaica) and St Clair’s Coaching School (Trinidad and Tobago) will travel to the Grand Cayman for the five-day tournament that includes the Cayman Islands national under 14 squad.

“Attracting high level competition to Cayman is a pillar of the Football Association’s plan to build our next generation of national players,” said CONCACAF and Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) President Jeffrey Webb.

Webb added, “Kudos to the organisers, West Bay Sports Foundation and Academy Sports Club along with the sponsors for their commitment to youth development. CIFA supports this and any initiative that will assist with the development of Cayman’s young players.”

“The lineup of teams is an impressive one and will pose a challenge for the national Under 14 youth team, but with local support, I know our boys will give their best,” said Director of the National Youth programme Ardin Rivers.

Academy Sports Club, a regular competitor at overseas tournaments initiated the contacts with the regional and international clubs and has worked with the West Bay Sports Foundation to produce a tournament, with a scope never before seen in the Cayman Islands.

Virgil Seymour, Academy Sports Club Technical Director said “We are excited for our local players that they have this opportunity to play in a tournament of this level.”

“This will be a great experience not only for the players but also for the local community to have this exposure,” Seymour said.  “We encourage everyone to come out to support the Cayman U14 team during the five days of the tournament.  We have to also thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible”.

 Fabian Whorms, Chief Executive Officer of Cayman Airways said “Supporting youth sports programmes in our islands is crucial to the development of sports tourism as a growing niche market for Cayman, as well as for the region. We are particularly honored to be the title sponsor for this exciting new tournament on the sports tourism calendar in The Cayman Islands, and we wish all of the players, local and visiting, the very best of luck in their matches.”

Group A

Charlton Athletic (UK)

St Clair Coaching School (TRI)

IMG Academy (USA)

Group B

Cayman Islands

Harbour View FC (JAM)

Real Club Deportivo España (HON)

Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Cup Fixtures

Match schedule (all times local)

Tuesday- May 6, 2014 (The Annex)

 6 pm – Harbour View v Real Club Deportivo España

7:30 pm – Charlton Athletic v St Clair’s Coaching School

Thursday – May 8, 2014 (The Annex)

6 pm – St Clair’s Coaching School v IMG Academy

7:30 pm – Cayman Islands v Harbour View

Friday – May 9, 2014 (The Annex)

6 pm – IMG Academy v Charlton Athletic

7:30 pm – Cayman Islands v Real Club Deportivo España

Saturday – May 10, 2014 (Cayman Brac)

 6 pm – 3rd Place Match – 2nd in Group A v 2nd in Group B

Sunday – May 11, 2014 (The Annex)

 6 pm – Consolation Game – 3rd Group A v 3rd Group B

8 PM – FINAL – Winner Group A v Winner Group B

The Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Cup is an international U14 tournament with the aim of bringing teams from around the world to the Cayman Islands annually for this event.

This year’s event sponsors include: Cayman Airways, Cayman Islands Government, Dart, McAlpine, Crighton Properties, WestStar, Tower, Kensington, PWC, One Tree Four Five Collection, Scotiabank, Small’s Construction, Fabrizone, Fire Extingisher Pros, Powerade and Coca-Cola.

For more information or to become a sponsor call 345-927-7011.