CIFA stages second grassroots festival for girls


Over one hundred girls and coaches participated in the second Girls Grassroots Festival this past Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The one-day event focused on increased participation and teaching basic techniques to the enthusiastic players aged 4-12.

“It is critical that we acknowledge the importance of the CIFA girls’ grassroots courses in shaping the future female football stars of Cayman, said CONCACAF and CIFA President Jeffrey Webb.

“The skills they develop by playing football throughout their younger years will help them in all facets of their daily lives.”

The programme was administered by twenty-five coaches and several committed volunteers.

“We are pleased with the enthusiasm and skills of the little ones in participation,” said Chairwoman of the CIFA Women’s Committee Martha Godet.

The CIFA women’s committee is motivated to ensuring that we continue to provide quality deliverance. Our focus is development and it can only be done with the ongoing support from all stakeholders, CIFA, FIFA, CONCACF, government, parents, coaches, volunteers and administrators.”

The Women’s Committee will also stage a discussion on the first ever Women’s Football Day on May 23. Encompassing the entire 41 CONCACAF member nations, Women’s Football Day highlights the performances, celebrates the pioneers and charts the future for youth players.

Godet said, “I am delighted that CIFA is partaking in the regional event �?Women’s Football Day’ to recognise the passionate and devoted members of the Girl’s and Women’s National Teams.”

“For the benefit of our youth players and our elite female athletes they are the ones who will inspire younger generations to take the game to new heights, as we continue to empower the women’s game through initiatives such as this one.”

Women’s Football Day follows the Let’s Develop Women’s football initiative held in 2014 which , through dialogue, laid the groundwork for the first ever Women’s Day initiative.

Godet ended, “It takes a tremendous amount of skill to be a soccer player and we are heading into the right direction by starting at the grassroots level. “Age is no barrier. It is the limitation you put on your mind.”