Saturday 16 February, 2019

Young Caymanians on the Rise: Kareem George Foster

17-year-old Amateur footballer Kareem Foster is a rising star in the sport. 

Having started playing in primary school, his natural ability and willingness to train hard led to him becoming the youngest ever member of the Truth for Youth School squad at seven-years-old. 

The Bodden Town native  captained the winning team in the Under 9 inter-primary school football league and was a member of the champion team in the Touch of Elegance under 12s basketball league. In Grade 6, Kareem was selected to be head boy at Truth for Youth and held other leadership positions there including prefect and house captain.

While at Clifton Hunter, Kareem went onto further develop his talents.

 In 2015, he was honoured to get a ‘hat trick’ of awards at the Cayman Islands Football Association awards ceremony by winning the Under 15 Top Goal Scorer, Most Valuable Player in the FA Cup and League’s Most Valuable Player.

During that year, Kareem was twice voted winner of Digicel’s Sportsperson of the Week and helped take the Cayman Islands to third place in a regional Under 15s Boys Championship in St. Maarten.

Known for his prodigious talent, Kareem played in the Men’s Premier League at just 16-years-old with the Cayman Athletics Sports Club under the guidance of coach Gillie Seymour.

 Kareem is a member of the Cayman Islands U20s national side, his talents bringing him to the attention of British football scouts.

He was subsequently headhunted and trained with both Swindon Town and Ipswich Town teams, scoring the winning goal for the latter against Nottingham Forest.

On and off the football pitch, Kareem leads his peers by example, by not giving in to adversity. He certainly lives by this maxim, winning golds in the long jump and the high jump at a track and field meet while recovering from a fractured shoulder earlier this year.

Kareem’s community activities while at school included volunteering as George Town Football Camp’s youth coach and being a youth referee in the Primary Schools Football League.

Kareem’s goal is to continue growing as a footballer while concentrating on his education. He is currently studying at Loughborough College in the U.K. and is on a two-year football scholarship from London Rangers Football Club. True to his calling, Kareem plays for both the club’s Under 18s and men’s teams.

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