The Village Greenies cricket club run a Kwik Cricket programme for boys and girls aged between 4 and 10. Kwik Cricket is an adapted version of the game played with a plastic bat and ball and allows almost any number of children to play at one time. The game is played every Saturday morning at 8:30am at Cayman Prep primary school from March through June.
The Cayman Islands Cricket Association (tel: 945-6447) is responsible for promoting and developing cricket both on a local and international level. As part of their youth programme, they run tournaments among primary and secondary schools, and they also field a national team for Under-15s and Under-19s.
CrossFit Cayman (Camana Bay, tel: 929-8450) runs a programme for kids (age 3-12) every Saturday at 8:45am. Class content is different each week, with activities changing every few minutes to keep children entertained. Exercises include handstands, cartwheels, squats and sit-ups and are incorporated into fun games that kids will enjoy. Classes last 30-40 minutes (parents are required to be present) and cost $15 per session. CrossFit also run programmes for teenagers every Friday at 4pm.
Centre Pointe Dance Studio
With two studios in Alissta Towers, the Centre Pointe Dance Studio (North Sound Rd, tel: 323-7960) is focused on the development of dance technique through classical training and creative movement. Mother and daughter team Anita and Sophie Gough run a range of dance and drama classes from ballet and tap, to zumba and hip hop for students from age 2 upwards (classes are aimed at the appropriate age and ability). Todders and pre-schoolers start with the Melody Bear programme which introduces children to dance and movement, while older children start to learn ballet moves and terms.
An opportunity to take yearly external examinations in all dance genres and musical theatre is considered an integral component of the training at CPDS. Professional examiners from the International Dance Teachers Association, London Academy of Dramatic Art and the American Academy of Ballet visit annually to assess student progress.
Miss Jackie School of Dance
Operating since 1973, Miss Jackie School of Dance (Pasadora Place, Smith Rd, tel: 949-7296) has been teaching kids in Cayman to dance for generations. From age 3 upwards, children can learn ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, modern and freestyle dance. Miss Jackie also runs summer camps, and private classes and choreography available. Miss Jackie is a strong supporter of Cayfest and students also perform in the National Children’s Festival of the Arts.
Instructor Linda Raynor at Fitness Connection (Glen Eden Rd, off South Church St, tel: 949-8485) teaches a Dance Fusion class every Tuesday afternoon for kids age 3-5 and 6-14. The class covers the basics in jazz, modern, hip hop and funk.
The Cayman Islands National Dance Company – Dance Unlimited (Mirco Centre Unit 218, tel: 916-0146) teaches children from 3 years old a mix of dance styles including modern, afro-caribbean, reggae, latin, pop, jazz and ballet.
KRI Performing Arts School
Run by Kirk Rowe, KRI Performing Arts School (924-4089) specialises in jazz, hip-hop, salsa and soca for children age 3 and up.
Football is a popular sport in schools across Cayman and there are various clubs, leagues and competitions arranged through the schools.
The Cayman Islands Football Association has a youth league with teams for under-13s, under-15s and under-17s boys, and an under-17s girls league. The season runs from September to May.
The Sunset Football Club, one of the oldest clubs in Cayman, runs a youth programme for boys age 4-11 every Sunday morning at Camana Bay. They also have teams for Under-15s and Under-17s (boys and girls) who play in leagues and tournaments every Saturday.
The North Sound Golf Club (Safehaven Drive, tel: 947-4653) offers an after-school Golf Clinic for kids age 6-9 (Tuesdays) and 10-15 (Wednesdays) in February, May and October. The cost is $50 per 4 week session. They also run a one week summer camp at the end of July, and are hosting the Caribbean Junior Golf Tournament.
Junior membership at the club costs $200 per year (parent must also be a member), green fees are $25.
Motions Unlimited (Sparky Drive, tel: 749-8365) is a state of the art gymnastics studio located in an 11,500 sq ft o fully air-conditioned space. They run a range of programmes for children age 15 months upwards, and summer camps are available in August.
Me & My Shadow for kids age 15 months to 3 years helps toddlers with their gross motor skills with the use of circuits, props and musics. Adults are shown how to assist kids correctly in learning the moves. There are three classes to choose from each week, all at 9:30am, and the cost is $224 per term ($19 drop-in). For kids age 3-4, Tumbling Turtles introduces them to basic gymnastic moves. The class is at 2:45pm twice per week and costs $364 per term.
The afternoon classes start school children to introduce gym equipment such as balance beam, bars and the vault. By the time children reach the age of 8, classes are based on ability and students are chosen by instructors to attend.
The Cayman Islands Associated Schools of Karate is based at Kings Sports Centre (Crewe Rd, tel: 925-3367) and teaches Wado karate. The youth programme is for kids aged 4-12 and teaches kids not only basic punches, kicks and calisthenics but also traditional Japanese etiquette, leadership and self-discipline skills and mental focus.
The Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts
Purple Dragon (Mirco Centre, tel: 946-1241) teaches the Don Jitsu Ryu system of martial arts to kids age 4-18. Mighty Tots (age 4-6) is held twice weekly at 3:45pm, classes for older kids are split by age.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association runs various leagues and tournaments throughout the netball season, which runs October to May. There are two national squads – Under-14s and Under-16s – which compete internationally, and a new youth programme called Turtle Netters has been launched this year aimed at kids age 7-16. The programme offers weekly coaching from Cayman’s national coach at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Equestrian Center Riding School & Boarding Stables
The Equestrian Center (off Lynford Pearson Highway, tel: 516-1751) is an English riding school and livery stables offering lessons for children age 7 and over. Private and small classes are available to riders of all abilities, with an emphasis on dressage and jumping. They organise horse shows, gymkhanas, pony clubs and holiday camps. Full boarding facilities are also available.
For younger riders, the Equestrian Center has a Pony Park every Saturday morning from 9am to 10:30am. Admission is $5 and includes a pony ride (extra rides $5 each) and the chance to meet and play with a miniature donkey and a family of rabbits.
Cayman Riding School
With instructors qualified by The British Horse Society, the Cayman Riding School (Hirst Rd, Savannah, tel: 926-7669)) offers riding lessons for kids age 5 and over. The school has a large dressage area and jumping arena. It offers boarding for horses and organises competitions and summer camps.
Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation
The CIEF team, made up of children aged 12-16, represents Cayman at events both overseas and at home. It hosts several show jumping and dressage shows a year competing against other Caribbean countries. It also organises community events and participates every year in the Agricultural Show.
King’s Sports Centre (Crewe Rd, tel: 946-5464) runs a youth roller hockey league. Teams compete in 12 games (plus two play-offs) throughout the season which runs January to May. There are six divisions, ranging from Under-15s to Under-6s. Practice times are weekday afternoons (depending on division), and games are played on Saturdays. Cost is $300 for the season (goalies play for free), and jerseys are provided.