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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Bede’s Recognize Two Bermudian Footballers

Ebbin & Smith
Several footballers from Bede’s Senior School including two from Bermuda have recently competed in a series of high-level tournaments.

Nahje Smith (Lower Sixth) and Jayden Ebbin (Upper Fifth) travelled to represent Bermuda at the CONCACAF Under 17 Qualifiers last month.

Said said, “This was a really difficult competition to compete in as the standard and quality of players is so high. Although we didn’t win, competing in the tournament was a fantastic experience.”

Ebbin agrees, “Playing in international tournaments like that one was really exciting, and helps us to prepare for the future. We both want to pursue careers in professional football after school so having the opportunity to play at an international level in different countries is invaluable.”

David Caryer, Director of Football at Bede’s, comments, “It is fantastic that the boys in recent weeks have been able to gain these invaluable experiences of playing against high-level opposition, in professional environments. At Bede’s we work hard to be able to offer the flexibility within our sports programme to allow our pupils to take advantage of these opportunities, as well as maintain well-established links with our partners and governing bodies to promote them.

“We are very proud of Nahje and Jayden for their achievements to date, they all work incredibly hard, dedicating many hours a week to the sport, and it is fantastic to see their efforts pay dividends.”
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Wilkinson Joins Warwick Archers

Wilkinson second from the Right
Robin Hood Football Club announced the addition of Jomar Wilkinson to the coaching staff for the Warwick Archers Youth Football Program for the 2019-2020 season.

Wilkinson is a UEFA B-licensed coach and has been actively coaching for the past twenty-seven years in the Bermuda Football Association leagues. He brings a wealth of experience to the program with a proven track record of success, having won multiple trophies in recent years with both the Dandy Town Hornets and Southampton Rangers men’s teams.

Wilkinson’s triumphs include three Premier Division titles, and he has been recognized as coach of the year on two occasions. Wilkinson has previously coached at the youth level with Dandy Town and his teams have won the Kappa Classic Tournament. He has worked with some notable players during his tenure, including coaching Nahki Wells during the last season he played domestic football in Bermuda.

Wilkinson will assume the responsibility to lead the coaching for the Under 15 Warwick Archer teams, filling the void left with the departure of Dennis Brown. Brown as reported by www.islandstats.com is returning to Somerset Cricket Club, where his illustrious career as a player began, to take up the position of Technical Director and Senior Men’s coach.

Robin Hood Football Club would like to thank Dennis Brown for his outstanding contribution to the Warwick Archers Youth Football Program, which he helped co-found in 2016. Brown recruited Richard Todd to join the program in 2017, and together they have quickly established the Warwick Archers as a competitive youth program, winning titles at the Under 13 and Under 15 Age Groups in each of the past three seasons.

Todd will continue to serve as the Program Director for the Warwick Archers, and sees Jomar Wilkinson as the ideal candidate to succeed Brown in the Under 15 Age Group.

Steven Simons, the Robin Hood Football Club President extends his thanks to Dennis Brown, and welcomes Jomar Wilkinson to the program. “We’re obviously sad to see Dennis go; he’s been instrumental in building this program and we thank him for all of his hard work and dedication over the past few years. Robin Hood Football Club is continuing to grow and establish ourselves as a real powerhouse in Bermuda Football and part of that is overcoming unexpected hurdles such as these. Jomar joining allows us to continue our upward trend within the youth setup and were extremely excited to see how he can help continue the momentum.”
Monday, June 10, 2019
Simmons Awarded the NCFCOSA Recognition Trophy

Mazhi Simmons received the Notts County Football Club Official Supporters Association (NCFCOSA) Recognition Trophy, handed to him by Patricia Akers.

Simmons had been selected by the Academy coaches for his efforts during the season!

Simmons’ achieved massively over the last year, including the achievement of being selected to play for his country, Bermuda!

NCFCOSA committee would like to congratulate Simmons on his achievements, and wish him all the best in his football career.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Trott to Be Loaned Out To Gain First-Team Experience

Nathan Trott is expected to leave West Ham United after the Premier League outfit signed goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto.

West Ham United have made young goalkeeper Nathan Trott available for loan, according to London News Online, with AFC Wimbledon hoping to sign the 20-year-old on loan.

News that Trott could be allowed to leave the London Stadium on a temporary basis will hardly come as a surprise after the Hammers sealed the signings of not one, but two experienced shot-stoppers in the last week.

David Martin arrived from Millwall on Monday, following veteran Spaniard Roberto to the club. As a result, this has opened the door for England U20 international Trott to seek a short-term move away from West Ham.

Co-owner David Gold confirmed on Twitter that Trott would be allowed to leave on loan when announcing the deal for Martin, son of club hero Alvin.

And the London News Online claims that AFC Wimbledon would jump at the chance to hand West Ham’s first-choice U23 goalkeeper a chance at senior level.

The Dons beat West Ham 4-2 in the FA Cup last season and their Kingsmeadow ground is just 19 miles away from West Ham’s London Stadium. Wimbledon narrowly avoided relegation to League Two in May, finishing one place above the drop zone.
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
CONCACAF Announce Plans To Grow Women's Game

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced a strategic plan to grow and increase participation in the women’s game across its 41 Member Associations including Bermuda.

The framework was presented to the Member Associations by CONCACAF Head of Women’s Football Karina LeBlanc, following the 25th Extraordinary Congress held in Paris, France.

“We need to accelerate the development of women’s football in our region and our strategic plan is the starting point,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani. “The game is universal, therefore, our aim is to break down cultural barriers, invest in women’s football and help the sport grow and thrive across our 41 Member Associations. The basis of this plan is to provide every girl in our Confederation with an opportunity to play the game and dream.”

In 2018, as part of its commitment to grow the game, the Confederation established a dedicated women’s football department, led by former Canadian international Karina LeBlanc. CONCACAF also invested in development programs, while hosting six competitions that provided a platform for nearly two-thousand female athletes to participate in championships across the region.

“CONCACAF has a massive opportunity to grow the game. As a former player, I have seen the extraordinary ability of football to change lives and empower human beings,” said LeBlanc. “Our vision is to improve the lives of women by working together with our 41 Member Associations on three main objectives: changing perceptions, building sustainable foundations and growing participation.”

Developed in consultation with federations and stakeholders, each of these three objectives form the core pillars and goals of the strategic plan to address key challenges across the region.

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