Sports And Recreation
Caymanian waters are known for their clarity, underwater scenery and easily accessible dive sites, and diving is a popular recreational activity. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman continue to be rated among the world’s top SCUBA diving destinations.
Swimming, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, fishing, wind surfing, personal watercraft racing – all these and more take place in Cayman’s waters.
The most popular team sports are football (soccer), netball, cricket, basketball, rugby, tennis, squash, softball and volleyball. Many of these have active associations that run leagues (both competitive and recreational) and field teams that travel internationally to compete.
Track and field, swimming, sailing, cycling and boxing are popular and Caymanians have competed in world class events in these disciplines. Several of the martial arts are taught and practiced and golf is popular.
Many more sports have a following. A group of equestrians shows and jumps horses in regional competitions. Other groups play 4-man hockey, street and ball hockey, field hockey, and American touch football is catching on. Racing fans organize stock car and other vehicle races.
Darts and dominoes are popular pastimes; there are groups playing bridge and Scrabble and meeting for pub quizzes.
Government’s Department of Sports http://departmentofsports.com/blog/ lists the following associations:
- Cayman Islands Athletics Association
- Cayman Islands Basketball Association
- Cayman Islands Cricket Association
- Cayman Islands Football Association
- Cayman Islands Netball Association
- Cayman Islands Swimming Association
- Cayman Islands Flag Football Association
- Cayman Islands Golf Association
- South Sound Squash Club
- Cayman Islands Sailing Club
- Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union
- Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation
- Cayman Islands Little League
- Cayman Islands Triathlon Association
- Cayman Islands Softball Association
- Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation
- Cayman Islands Cycling Association
- Cayman Islands Angling Club
- Cayman Islands Wranglers Association
Facilities at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex include grandstands with a capacity to seat 3,000, an Olympic-standard athletic track, and an international-standard football field. Netball courts are adjacent to the complex, which has hosted a number of international competitions since its opening.
Another public facility, the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay, features grandstands seating 1,300, and an international-standard football field. Further sports facilities in the area include a cricket pitch, a softball diamond, and a public park.
Amenities have also been provided in other districts, including playing fields in Bodden Town, East End and Breakers. Most of these facilities include a grassed field and hard courts suitable for football, basketball, and netball.
In Cayman Brac, a community park is being developed which will include various sporting facilities such as a walking track and basketball courts.
Public amenities complement facilities developed by the private sector, including golf courses. Three sporting organizations, the Cayman Rugby Football Club, the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, and the Cayman Islands Squash Club, have clubhouse facilities on adjacent sites in South Sound. The Cayman Islands Sailing Club has a clubhouse and docking facilities in Red Bay. The Cayman Islands Little League Association has developed a baseball complex in George Town.
The Lions Centre, which has grandstands to seat 3,500 to 4,000, is often used as a venue for sporting events such as volleyball, basketball, and the martial arts.
Black Pearl Skate and Surf operates a skateboard park and wave tank at Grand Harbour.
The Islands also boast a number of health clubs offering facilities for weight-training and cardiovascular fitness, and yoga classes.
Government’s Department of Sports http://departmentofsports.com/blog/ employs coaches and runs programmes for children, teens, and in some cases young adults, in swimming, football, netball, basketball, and track & field.
Volunteer work is a long standing tradition in the Cayman Islands. A proud list of achievements for charitable causes has been assembled over the years by service clubs and other organizations.
The Family Resource Centre compiles a Community Resource Handbook which gives an idea of the number and variety of organizations available.
Last Updated: 2012-08-23