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Friday, September 30, 2016
Bermuda Badminton Announce Phase 2 Clinic

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The Bermuda Badminton Association announced Phase 2 Badminton Clinic.

The clinic is for ages: - 11 years old and up, which gets underway Monday October 10th at Bermuda College Gym.

The clinic will run on Mondays at 5.30pm – 7.00pm for Twenty Weeks

New students receive Badminton Racket and T Shirt and there is a registration fee discount for returning students.

Additional information and Student Registration, please call Kenneth Bremar at 441 33 49265 or Email kbremar1@yahoo.com.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Bermuda Trust Comment on Olympic Wall

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The Bermuda National Trust commended The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) on its decision to drop plans to install the Olympic Wall on the grounds of City Hall on a temporary basis and instead to place it in its permanent location at the National Sports Centre immediately.

The Trust had concerns about the placement of the Wall at City Hall but chose not to object on the basis that the location was a temporary one.

However, the Trust welcomed the BOA’s announcement, saying that the NSC was the most appropriate location for the Wall as the NSC served the whole of Bermuda and City Hall should be reserved for monuments dedicated to Hamilton. The Trust had also been concerned that the monument was to be located in the direct sightline of the Grade 1-listed City Hall and would obscure the view of the historic landmark.

Said Trust President William White, “We agree with the BOA that the site at Roberts Avenue is the most appropriate location for a monument to sporting achievement and will serve as an inspiration to the many sportsmen and women, spectators and young people who use the NSC’s facilities on a regular basis.

“We do not know all of the factors that went into the BOA’s decision, but the effect of the decision is the right one from an aesthetic and cultural standpoint and we commend the BOA and the National Sports Centre Trustees for this decision.”
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sabir Tells Oceania Football Follow Bermuda's Lead

Picture curtesy of Chad Gibson/LOCALFC
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When you open with a quote from everyone’s favourite Rastafarian footballer Bob Marley, you are assured to have the attention of the room.

Which is exactly what David Sabir, General Secretary of the Bermuda Football Association did during the FIFA/OFC Club Licensing Seminar in Auckland, New Zealand recently.

“Bob Marley has a saying, ‘Liven Up Yourself’. And I’m going to do that today because there’s no rule that people in administration have to be boring,” he said.

Sabir has extensive knowledge and experience in the administration of leagues and cup competitions, programme development, development of policy, rules and regulations, international events management and the management and administration of an association.

It was exactly this background, and the successful implementation of the club licensing system in the Bermuda, which brought him to Oceania.

There are a lot of similarities between Bermuda and the Member Associations which make up the Oceania Football Confederation, and Sabir has a strong view on how being small isn’t necessarily a negative.

“We don’t think of ourselves as a small nation,” he explained, “meaning that we can’t achieve just because of our size.

“Football is universal, football is played by big nations and small nations, but the rules are the same.

“That’s the beauty of it, the same rules apply every year, everywhere in the world,” Sabir continued.

“What we have to do is be the best that we can be, with the resources that are available inside our island as well as externally.

“With FIFA, with CONCACAF and our colleagues in other MAs who are doing fantastic things that we can learn from, we’ve just decided that we’re not going to limit ourselves just because we are a small nation.

“Think big and you will have performances which are beyond your wildest dreams, and that’s what we aim for.”

For some of the OFC’s Member Associations which, like Bermuda, have small populations, hearing Sabir speak was hugely encouraging.

Vanuatu Football Federation CEO Albert Manaroto said Sabir’s presentation was inspiring and gave him plenty of food for thought.

“I think he had a lot of good things to say and it was good to hear from someone who comes from an MA that has similar challenges to us here in Oceania, but which has found ways to overcome or break them down,” Manaroto said.

It was similar for Cook Islands Football Association Competitions Manager Pauline Dean, who found Sabir’s delivery engaging.

“Club Licensing is an interesting topic, especially for me as a competitions manager. It relates to how we can improve our competitions and the clubs involved in them.

“David put it in a way we can understand it easily and he was also incredibly inspiring. It is definitely encouraging for us and the future of football development in the Cook Islands hearing how Bermuda has managed to implement this system successfully.”

Sabir said club licensing isn’t difficult to implement, far from it in fact.

“We’re kind of sophisticated in that we’ve had a number of things club licensing speaks to, already implemented decades ago in our country. We have the founding fathers of our association to thank for having the foresight to establish a lot of key areas that are important to operating or managing club licensing,” he said.

“Here, we are talking about how to do what we do, better. About empowering clubs to do more with less, and do it more effectively than what they’re doing now.”

“How is football played? It’s a ball passed between players. So let’s take that off the field to administration. We can pass the proverbial ball, meaning information, from one MA to another MA, from one person to another person,” he said.

“At the end of the day what that means is the team of administrators across the board, across MAs, across the world, gets better and better.

“Why? Because we’re sharing our football.”
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Eight Kayaking Around Bermuda for Kids

SCARS Team Kayaking for Kids
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Laura Brown, Mike Harding, Jerry Rivers, Simon Arnott, Greg Fitzgerald, Chris Conway, Christopher McDowell and John Bonvetti set out from Cambridge Beaches to complete half their journey.

The group made their way to Elbow Beach representing SCARS Team 'Kayaking for Kids'. The seven will set out once again on Monday September 26th at 7:00am in the morning from Elbow Beach to finish their journey down the South Shore making their way to the Flatt’s.

A spokeswoman for the organization said to the 'Kayaking for Kids' upon their arrival at Elbow Beach, “We are so very proud and grateful for your commitment to SCARS and the work we are doing to provide awareness in our community and ultimately protecting Bermuda’s children.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Premier's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

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Premier Michael Dunkley, officially launched the Premier's Youth Fitness Programme under the auspices of the Premier’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition at the Dellwood Middle School.

Supporting the launch were the Minister of Education, the Hon. R. Wayne Scott, JP, MP; Acting Minister of Health and Seniors, R. Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, JP, MP; and Junior Minister of Social Development and Sports, Nandi Outerbridge, JP, MP, as well as Premier’s Council members, Department of Health officials, sponsors and educators.

Premier Dunkley said, “To you, the students of Dellwood Middle School, and to all students throughout Bermuda, it is my hope that this programme will help you on the path to a lifetime of good health.

That means a life in which regular exercise and healthy eating are part and parcel of your day-to-day activities.

Many of you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. You’re healthy, you play sports, you move, you’re active, and perhaps think you eat well.

But we know that many young Bermudians are not as active as they should be.

We know there are many who don’t play sports or are not active enough, many who sit more than move, many who don’t get the food they need to build strong bodies.

The Premier’s Council wants to change that… to focus your attention on fitness and nutrition. It wants you to learn what your bodies need in order for them to work better for you.

For example, the Premier’s Council Fitness Gram test will measure your abdominal and upper body strength, your flexibility, your weight and body mass and your aerobic capacity, and then guide you toward improvements that can take you into what is called a “Healthy Fitness Zone.”

As Premier, I am very excited about this programme for a few reasons.”

Premier Dunkley continued, “I get up each morning around 5am and go to the gym – the day doesn’t start until I get my heart rate up.

This is my habit – my lifetime habit – and I believe it makes me more alert and better able to get through the very busy days.

That’s my biggest hope for the Premier’s Council on Fitness – that it will set you on the path to healthy living; that it will create in you the awareness of what your body needs to help you succeed.

Everyday fitness and a good diet are the building blocks for a long and active life.

Everyday fitness provides you with the energy to get things done.

Everyday fitness keeps your body working well for you.

It helps you stand taller, with more confidence. It is something that will carry you forward in life.”

“As Premier and as a proud Bermudian, I appreciate their commitment. All of these people are in this for you – all of them are working to help you live better forever.

Take on the fitness habit and I guarantee you will lead a better life.

I look forward to seeing you in June 2017 and the opportunity to present Youth Fitness Awards to students and schools with the greatest number of physical activity minutes. I can hardly wait to hear what you think and feel.

This is a great opportunity. Seize it and move forward with a clear head, a sharp eye and a spring in your step.

Be healthy, be fit and have fun!” concluded Premier Dunkley.
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