The Cayman Airways Under-14 Invitational Youth Cup kicks off Monday (20 June) with eight teams from England, the United States and the Caribbean taking the field.
Organisers held a press conference 16 June to discuss the tournament. The competition comes on the heels of the Cayman Airways Under-15 Youth Cup and Academy coach Virgil Seymour said in the past tournaments like these have resulted in foreign coaches recruiting local players for University or academies.
“They get the opportunity to be showcased again for universities,” he said. “It’s a win-win, whether they make it professional or go to school — it’s what they want to do. So we try our best to have them in the spotlight.”
Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell says the past several years of hosting international tournaments is paying dividends for the country’s sports tourism product.
“We had over eight million views out of the Cayman Invitatoinal, which has been tracked,” he said. “If you look at, say, Island Magazine with 250,000 circulation — half a page (ad) is $10,000. How much is eight million people looking at the Cayman Islands?
“This is a tremendous success.”
Both of Cayman’s teams are in action 20 June, the first day of the tournament.