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Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Corporate Trio Create Bubble for Bermuda’s National Team

The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) announced that SailGP and Hamilton Princess have joined forces to provide a sports bubble environment for the Bermuda Football Association’s (BFA) National Team. This as the team prepares for the Second Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches in Florida in June. The 20-member squad and the associated BFA support team will spend a week at the Hamilton Princess with regular training sessions until the Government’s mixing-of-households’ regulations expire.

Organizers of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess delivered a successfully executed bubble environment for 64 elite athletes as well as separate bubbles for support team members. The approach was developed with leading experts and medical professionals and working with other major elite sports events which are operating safely during the global pandemic. Bubble environments, which require daily health reports and regular testing, are designed to reduce the risk of Covid transmission. The SailGP Bubble was adapted for Bermuda in consultation with the Bermuda Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, and the BTA.

BFA President, Mark Wade said, “The national team looks forward to building on their positive result against Aruba in the upcoming matches against Suriname and Cayman Islands next month. Being able to establish our training bubble at the Hamilton Princess is an enormous boost for our preparations. We are delighted to be presented with this opportunity which will help reduce the risk of virus exposure while creating a training environment that keeps the team members together. The collaboration between SailGP, the BTA, and Hamilton Princess is a demonstration of what can be achieved when the community works together to benefit football.”

Acting Minister of Sport, Tinée Furbert, said, “It has been a challenging year for us all, yet when Bermuda gathered virtually to support our National Team face off against Canada and Aruba, we were reminded of the power of sports to inspire national unity.”

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said, “We owe a huge thanks to the people of Bermuda. These are challenging times, and it is through everyone’s support, and that of our partners, that we managed to put on such a spectacular show in a safe way. So, when we learned that Bermuda’s National Team was preparing for two key CONCACAF matches, we reached out to our local partners to help support their efforts and knowledge share. We are delighted that we have been able to contribute to Bermuda in this way and wish the team the very best of luck.”

Hamilton Princess, General Manager, Tim Morrison, said,” Our partnership with SailGP as title sponsor has been tremendously rewarding. The organization has demonstrated a phenomenal commitment to Bermuda through its work in the community, including its climate-positive initiatives and Inspire Program. We are delighted to again partner with them to support our national team’s CONCACAF journey. We understand that sports can be a formidable force for national unity and are proud to host Bermuda’s footballers as they prepare to represent us on the world stage.”

Bermuda Tourism Authority, CEO Charles H. Jeffers II said, “It’s beautiful to see the power of our partnerships in action, particularly when the impact goes beyond core economic metrics. During the pandemic, bubbled Sports Tourism emerged as a reliable segment of our tourism economy, even as traditional segments have softened. Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess was a spectacular win for Bermuda’s tourism industry in a number of ways: global visibility, demonstration of Bermuda’s world-class infrastructure, economic impact and community support.”
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