The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) held its Annual Congress Meeting [ACM] at City Hall last night (Thursday) where among items discussed was the sport’s governing body’s intention to enhance its senior domestic competitions.

Competitions Committee Chair, and BFA 1st Vice President, Shannon Burgess spoke of having had communication with various stakeholders players, coaches, and clubs regarding the initiating of a strategic plan designed to enhance the quality and sustainability of the local football.

While exact details were vague, a re-assemblage of the components that make up the Premier and First divisions appears on the cards for a sport that has been in a malaise and lost shine and relevance for many years.

The Meeting commenced with welcome remarks from the BFA President, Mark Wade, followed by the Financial Report by BFA Treasurer, Kim Richards, with the organisation receiving what was described as a “clean audit”.

Women’s Committee Chair, Charryse Bean reflected on the past year of women’s football in Bermuda, with excitement expressed over the return of the Women’s League and KO Cup.

Bean also thanked the clubs that participated in the All Girls’ and Women’s League of the 2021/22 football season.

Meanwhile, the Player Development Committee report outlined the recent international commitments of the Bermuda National Academy tournaments over the last year, with Technical Director Maurice Lowe
Highlighting how the Bermuda U17 Boys have qualified for the Concacaf U17 Championships to be held in February, 2023.

Lowe also highlighted future coaching education and licensing courses to be offered.

Youth Committee Chair, Manny Faria talked about the Appleby Youth Leagues and the upcoming Youth Tournaments which begin in early October, while the Chairman of the Referees Committee, Crenstant Williams highlighted the achievements over the past year, including the new Bermudian FIFA listed Assistant Referees, Natasha Trott, Clinton
Hayward, and Stefan Maybury.

Head of Marketing Ajani Tucker, detailed the Marketing Report, specifically the recent One Team Initiative campaign for anti-violence and safe driving. Tucker explained the importance of the campaign and thanked affiliate clubs for their support and seamless activation of the campaign.

The meeting also saw the re-election of Executive Council Members Burgess and Richards, as well as Bean, Faria, Shaquita Parson and Vance Campbell, with Terrisa Stewart, of Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club elected for the first time.

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