Technical directors representing
football associations from 22 countries participated in a three day
FIFA/CONCACAF technical directors’ seminar, hosted by the Cayman Islands
recently at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa on Seven Mile Beach.
Among the participants was Derek
Broadley who has been the technical director for the Bermuda for the past two
Broadley, formerly of the USL’s
Reading Rage, and former Crystal Palace Academy coach in the UK was part of a
mass rebuilding process when he arrived in Bermuda.
He said: “It is very pleasing that
FIFA/CONCACAF offered this course which has been long overdue. The course shows
the intent to professionalise the role of technical directors which will in
time; improve the development of football making it more important in the
“It’s a think tank that has
unearthed many issues to be addressed by the technical gurus of the Caribbean.
I have learnt a lot of new things and got ideas of some of what goes on in
other Caribbean countries.
“I now have a firsthand
understanding of how FIFA/CONCACAF operates and learnt how fortunate Bermuda is
in comparison with other Caribbean Islands.
“The success of this course will be
what happens next. I believe all technical directors should communicate with
each other and produce a willingness to share ideas bringing more countries
together with a common good, shifting from competitiveness to development which
can only be helpful for football.”
According to Broadley Bermuda is
blessed with better recourses and some excellent facilities. “Bermuda is
self-sufficient as the Government and FIFA has helped the country to have top
of the line facilities. This type of opportunity has improved the training
attitude and the interest of the players.”
“In an effort to get the sport to
the highest level, the Government of Bermuda has committed $15m to football
over a five year period and although the global recession has affected the flow
of the funds in some aspects the commitment is still in place.”
Broadley added that Bermuda
Football Association worked with the Bermuda Hogges taking over administration
and player selection. “We played 16 matches against USA Under-23 leagues and
wrote four levels of coaching courses. This is an expansion of our efforts to develop
our team to become one of the best over a set period of time.”
Referring to football in the Cayman
Islands he praised the Girls Under-17 programme pointing out how these girls
excelled to become CONCACAF icons.
“These girls played well and did
extremely well by creating history representing the Cayman Islands for the
first time at this level. Our last outing against the Cayman Islands senior
team was also impressive and shows that Cayman is developing fast.”
Broadley explained that the Bermuda
Football Association gets full support from the Government and sponsors, as
well as grants from FIFA. With this type of funding the association is able to
implement strategies that envision long-term plans for improving competitiveness
of Bermuda football.
Strategies such as organizing
competitions, player development, physical infrastructures, security,
administration, marketing and having adequate resources has been developed in
close consultation with stakeholders throughout the Bermuda Football community,
and the focus of these strategies will see Bermuda football competitiveness
improve significantly by 2014.
Women’s football under this
strategy has improved and although the programme is still fragile, and at risk
of regression, improving the competitiveness at all levels is going on.
Referees are not exempt from the
football development programme, as the numbers and qualities of the referees in
Bermuda is also part of the process.
Background checks on coaches and team
administrators are also part of the approach. These checks will establish a
policy to deal with child and welfare protection, specific to club football
programmes to ensure that there is no oversight of who is in control of the
football players particularly, the ones under age 23.
Broadley said he would appreciate
the establishment of a partnership with CIFA in order to play international
practice games with all age groups as the atmosphere here is similar to that of