Plans are underway to expand and develop football competitions in schools across the Cayman Islands.
This follows the formation of the Cayman Youth Football Leagues (CYFL), a non-profit organisation, registered in the Cayman Islands pursuant to the Non-Profit Organisations Law. The CYFL will assume responsibility for administration of the CUC Primary Football League (PFL), which has been running for over 15 years and the Dart Under -13 High School League which is entering its third year. Both competitions are for boys and girls.
The CYFL will also introduce the CUC Under 16 High School Leagues during this school term. This league will offer competitions to high school boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 16. It is estimated that following the introduction of this new age group there will be over 1,000 school age children participating in the inter school football competitions.
Director and President of the CYFL, Mr. Richard Hew stated, “What started out as the CUC PFL with only boys’ competitions for 18 schools has now grown tremendously and continues to grow and enhance the competitions. We needed to bring more resources to bear under a proper governance and administrative structure, hence the formation of the CYFL. Mr. Neil Murray, who has almost single handedly run the competitions in the past will continue to play a large role with additional support from the CYFL Board.”
The CYFL Board of Directors currently consists of:
• Richard Hew, Business Executive – Director, President
• Mark Whiteside – Director, General Secretary
• John Pitcairn – Director, Treasurer
• Richard Barton – Director
• Neil Murray – Director
• Chloe Tathum - Director
The 2019 CUC Girls’ Primary Football League (GPFL) season will kick-off with the customary GPFL Opening Rally this Saturday, September 14 at the Annex Field followed by the 2019 CUC PFL Opening Rally on Saturday, September 21 also at the Annex Field.
The Dart Under 13 High School Leagues will commence on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19.
The CYFL expresses sincere thanks to major sponsors CUC and Dart for continuing to sponsor the school football competitions, to Appleby for assisting with the development of the CYFL constitutional documents and to Estera for assisting with the company registration and providing registered office services.
Individuals from the newly formed Cayman Youth Football Leagues (CYFL) organisation include (from left) Bryan Hunter (Appleby), Chloe Tathum (CYFL Director), Richard Hew (CYFL President & Director), Mark Whiteside (CYFL General Secretary & Director), John Pitcairn (CYFL Treasurer & Director) and Richard Barton (CYFL Director)