Cayman’s football boss says the Cayman Airways Youth Football Cup not only benefits players, but should benefit everyone associated with the game domestically.
Acting Cayman Islands Football Association President Bruce Blake says the competition is an opportunity for everyone to get better. He says by watching how prestigious clubs like Manchester City handle themselves, everyone from match officials to administrators can take something away.
“The only how you can truly understand it by seeing what other people do and by experiencing that,” Blake said at a 9 May press conference previewing the event. “Yes it’s always good to have courses and get certificates and all that but it’s the practical side of it that we’re missing here.”
Blake specifically said local coaches and referees have the most to learn.
“We’re always working on the advancement of our referees and it’s good to ref in your domestic league but it’s also getting that experience of international tournament,” he said. “It’s just a different level.”
The tournament officials will all be local Cayman Islands referees.
At the end of the tournament, one coach and one player will be selected for a two-week stint to train with Manchester City in England.