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Decline in youth football numbers

One football coach is saying the youth football numbers are dropping even though there are lots of players with talent still to be discovered.

We spoke to Ernie “Gillie” Seymour on last nights Lets Talk Sport he says clubs around the Island are struggling to put a youth team together due to the lack of players.

“I think most of the clubs need something where they have a Technical Director or a coach that is responsible for developing the youths that can teach them the game to let them learn how to play the game properly so they can hold their own and stay in the game. I think that is lacking in most of the clubs, they focus just on their senior men’s team. The kids are there and I think the clubs need to get out into the schools to attach themselves to the kids and also in the community.”

Mr. Seymour says its becoming a concern as young boys from West Bay are leaving their district to play for teams in George Town.

He says employing professional coaches may help cut the loss of talented players.

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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