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Four national senior players off to the United Kingdom


Beverly Melbourne

The Cayman Islands Football Association backed by the Cayman Islands Government and the capabilities of President Jeffrey Webb and Technical Director Carl Brown have secured invitations for four members of the Cayman Islands national senior men football team from the  Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club in the UK where the players will train with the club for possible placements.

The players are Theron Wood and Luiji Hernandez from the Bodden Town Football Club, Mark Ebanks from Future SC and Donald Solomon Jr from Cayman Athletic Sports Club.

Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture the Honorable Mark Scotland in a meeting yesterday with President of CIFA Jeffrey Webb the players, their families, coaches and managers held at the Centre for Excellence in Prospect, said that this was a small window for these players to go through and make way for the younger players on the island.

“This is a small window for you to enter through as there are hundreds of other players in the UK who will be trying to make it in one of these clubs. If you all are successful in your bid to make it in one of these clubs you will be setting the stage for the younger players to follow your example. It’s about time for the Cayman Islands to have players playing at this level. You have the backing of the government and CIFA. Be disciplined train hard and make good use of this opportunity.” 

The players leave the island on Wednesday November 17th accompanied by Carl Brown who will act as chaperon for the players. They are scheduled to return on Wednesday December 8th.

During this time they will be exposed to first class coaching and fitness training from qualified FA staff at the Ashford Town Football Club and participate in matches against local clubs in order for scouts and representatives from other clubs to observe their performances.

All of Ashford Town’s training sessions and matches will be open to scouts and representatives from professional clubs at various levels, and they have an excellent record of players being offered trials and training opportunities with clubs at all levels of the British league system. Following the attendance of the Cayman Islands players, details of their attendance, abilities, behavior and any improvements required will be communicated to CIFA.

Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC is an English football club located in Ashford Middlesex. The club is currently based in Ashford Middlesex and is a member of the Division One Central of the Southern League and plays at Short Lane. The club is referred to as Ashford Middlesex in order to avoid confusing it with the Ashford Town Club that is based in Kent.

The club was first established in 1958 as Ashford Albion, it initially played in the Hounslow & District League. They won two consecutive promotions to reach the Premier Division, and in 1964 adopted their current name. They became founding members of Surrey Premier League in 1983. In 1990 they joined the Combined Countries League.

They were runners-up in 1993-94, and the following year they won the title. They went on to win the league in each of the next three seasons, and again in 1999-2000, after which they were promoted to Division Three of the Isthmian League.

After finishing third in their first season, they were promoted to Division Two. In 2002 they were moved to Division One South after a League re-organization, and in 2004 switched to the Western Division of the Southern League. In 2005-06 they finished second in the division, and were promoted, to the Isthmian League Premier Division. In 2006-07 they won the League Cup, and in 2008-09 they won the Surrey Senior Cup.

These players will also be exposed to Birmingham FC Blackburn Rovers FC and the Tenembee Academy in London.

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