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Cayman Islands Government

Funding Football

Minister of Sport the Hon. Mark Scotland joined the U17 Girls National Football Team for a training session at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

A contribution from the Ministry of Sport to cover some training expenses has just brightened the future for Cayman's latest football stars, the U17 Women's National Football Team.

This sponsorship will help to fund team preparation, training camps, and practice matches as the team prepares for the U-17 World Cup Qualifiers.

In group A, host country Costa Rica will play the Cayman Islands in a night game on the opening day (Wednesday, 10 March) of the tournament. Cayman will then play the United States on Friday, 12 March and Haiti on Sunday, 14 March in an afternoon match-up. Group B consists of Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama.

The top two teams will qualify, along with U17 Women's World Cup host Trinidad & Tobago, for the world championship in September.

"Government is happy to sponsor these young footballers. They are showing great potential and while they have enjoyed playing against the boys during local practice, it is also important to provide them with opportunities to travel further afield.

"This funding will allow them to compete more often on the international stage, and we look forward to see them achieve even greater success," said Minister for Sport the Hon. Mark Scotland.

The U17 women's players made history last December when they became Cayman's first-ever national football team to make it to the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver