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Friday, September 19, 2014
Football Talk is returning to Islandstats.com

Bermuda Football Show Host Jugglin Jason
The popular Monday Evening Online Talk Show “Coaches Corner” is returning for another Season with a new Host and New Name.

The new name is Bermuda Football Show and the host is none other than Jason “Jugglin J” Ford. Ford will have a Co-Host that will be named during the first show Monday September 22nd.

The show will see the hosts discuss various topics such as League Standings, Goalscorers, upcoming games, incidents, they will also from time to time interview coaches, players and Bermuda Football Association Administrators.

The show will allow in the very near future persons to phone in, but for now anyone with questions can email them to info@islandstats.com.

So join Jugglin J on Monday September 22nd at 5:30pm for the Bermuda Football Show.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Digicel today announced that it has acquired majority ownership and control of St. Lucia-based International Media Content Ltd., parent company of regional sports broadcaster, SportsMax, and North American broadcaster CEEN-TV, for an undisclosed sum. Under the terms of the deal, the founder and a number of the lead principals will continue to have an ownership stake and be involved in the day-to-day running of the IMC operation.

Currently available in 23 countries across the Caribbean, SportsMax is the Caribbean’s first and only indigenous 24-hour dedicated sports cable channel featuring a strong mix of international, regional and local sports content. Its large inventory of coveted content includes the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, West Indies cricket, the Indian Premier League and the IAAF Grand Prix.

IMC has been responsible for the broadcast of major international events such as the FIFA World Cup tournaments since 2006, including this summer’s event, and the 2012 London Olympics. In 2013, SportsMax launched its 24-hour Spanish language channel, CDN SportsMax, in the Dominican Republic which includes similar content as SportsMax plus Major League Baseball.

Ranked as the number one viewed sports channel in the region, the move to acquire IMC/SportsMax comes hot on the heels of Digicel’s entry into the cable TV market with recent acquisitions in Anguilla, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Commenting on the acquisition, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said; “As a complete communications solutions provider, it’s all about ensuring our customers enjoy access to the best multimedia content on the best devices via the very best network and that we meet all of their communication, entertainment and networking needs. SportsMax represents the perfect blend of sports entertainment and infotainment with a Caribbean flavour and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the team to the Digicel family.”

Patrick Rousseau, Chairman of IMC and SportsMax, comments; “Our commitment to excellence and blazing a trail across the region mirrors Digicel’s own commitment to delivering the very best for its customers. We are delighted to be joining with them and working together to continue delivering the best sports on television and growing our audience and reach across the Caribbean and North America.”
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Felsted Cricket Masterclass Trials

Once again the Bermuda Cricket Board will be working with the families of players (both boys and girls) in the Academy program to assist in creating opportunities for placements.

The Bermuda Cricket Board has already created a major opportunity for Delray Rawlins at Bede’s http://www.bedes.org and will be assisting further candidates.

The Bermuda Cricket Board has also partnered with Felsted School http://www.felsted.org to provide an open opportunity for a Cricket Masterclass trials for all interested young players from ages 11 to 17 on Saturday September 27th at Berkeley Institute Nets, 11.30am-2.30pm offered by Jason Gallian, Felsted’s Director of Cricket and former England player.

Register with the Bermuda Cricket Board by calling 292 8958 or email info@cricket.bm

President of the Bermuda Cricket Board, Lloyd Fray stated, “I would like to encourage all parents and players to attend the UK Schools Fair, September 24th and 25th at the Fairmont Southampton. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to explore some of the fantastic academic, sporting and cultural opportunities some of these schools have available. A number of Bermuda’s elite cricketers such as Delray Rawlins and Jordan Smith have secured scholarships to be able to attend schools in which they get excellent academic education and cricket opportunities. ”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Crevoisier Teaching UEFA C-License Standard

World-renowned football coach Jacques Crevoisier says the next mission of the Bermuda Football Coaches’ Association is to get all club coaches qualified to UEFA C-License standard.

The former France national coach for the Under-19 team, who has worked with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, last week oversaw the latest C-License sessions on BFA field, which saw 25 pass their final assessment.

Crevoisier hailed the progress made by the BFCA in now having more than 90 coaches pass their C License as well as having seven pass the higher B-License exam. The latter group recently returned from Scotland where, accompanied by Crevoisier, they successfully completed the course under the authority of the Scottish FA.

The Frenchman, who praised the early input of former Bermuda Football Association president Richard Calderon and ABC Football School co-founder Henrik Schroder in kick-starting the island’s coaching project, outlined how he recommends only those coaches who score 80/100 or above in the C exam are eligible to participate in the B-License course. It's a move designed to further raise the standards of coaching and football on the island.

“We want these coaches to use what they have learned in Bermuda," he said. "Sure, these coaches can go abroad and work and coach but we want them to come back and pass on what they have learned to the players here as well. You can have a top player but without a top coach they are nothing.”

He added: “The work of the BFCA is so important. It gives Bermuda’s coaches the chance to come together and talk about what they are doing. Recently the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum was staged in Nyon - Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Luis Garcia, Arsene Wenger… they were all there talking about coaching and they loved it. It’s good for the coaches to come together.”

Crevoisier was also set to meet the Minister for Sport, Wayne Scott, and the Minister of Education, Grant Gibbons, during his visit to discuss how the Government can help fund the next stage of the BFCA’s plan. He is also hopeful of securing the assistance of clubs with the cost of putting their coaches through the C License programme.

He said: “Our next ambition is to get all the coaches at the clubs on the island C-License qualified. We are also very interested in working with the island’s PE teachers because of the very important role they have with coaching our young people

He added: “It is not just about the football. There are young kids here who maybe have some problems, there are some special families where maybe the fathers are not around – football and good coaching can help this, and that is what I will be telling the ministers.”

For more information on the Bermuda Football Coaching Association email thebfca@gmail.com.

The C License course precedes the B License, A License and Pro License qualification, which is required to manage a top-level club.

New C License coaches: Corey S.T. Hill; Dalton Burgess; Dennis Zuill; Dwight D Jackson; Ibou Barry; Jah-Jah Robinson; Jason Titterton; Jensen Rogers; Joel Duffy; Jomar Wilkinson; Lloyd Holder; Mick Ward; Milique Fubler; Nathan Peskett; Nigel Burgess; Omar Shakir; Roderick Lewis; Samuel Cabot; Shane Burgess; Tarik Jennings; Thaaqib Talbot; Troy Smith; Vernon Tankard; Charysse Bean; Aaron Denkins.

New B License coaches: Karl Roberts; Andrew Bascome; Kevin Johnston; Maceo Dill; John Barry Nusum; Farid El Karfa; Larry Smith.

New A License coach: Maurice Lowe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Kessler is Australia's Singles & Doubles Champion

The Australian Closed Championships wrapped up in Geelong with some fantastic finals matches. South Australia’s Verdet Kessler and Victoria’s Luke Chong were the big winners on the day, with each walking away with two titles.

Kessler whose mother Verniece Benjamin-Kessler was Bermuda's leading dancer 1970's – 1987, consolidated her spot as Australia’s top Ladies Singles player with win in the Women’s Singles over youngster Joy Lai who recently returned from representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Kessler was pushed all the way but managed to hold on the claim the deciding game 21-17.

Kessler had won the first game 21-19, but Lai won the second game 21-15.

Chong opened the finals day strongly with a hard fought three game win in the mixed doubles with South Australian partner Talia Saunders over the Queensland/NSW combination of Simon Leung and Tiffany Ho. It was a great effort by the later pair to make the final, considering they are both still in the junior age group, however they were not quite strong enough in the final match.

After facing off in the Women’s Singles Final earlier in the day, Kessler and Lai joined forces in the Women’s Doubles, taking on another SA/Vic combination in Talia Saunders and Ann-Louise Slee. After dropping the opening game 21-14, Kessler and Lai fought back to level the match at one game all winning 21-13, before taking a close final game 21-18 in 40 minutes.
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