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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Bermuda's - Women’s U20 Championships Game Three

Bermuda 6 Suriname 1

Bermuda will play their third match of the Women’s Under 20 CONCACAF Championships against Suriname at the National Track and Field Center Leonora in Guyana.

Bermuda Starting Line Up: - Zahkari Turner, Koa Goodchild, Jenna Rempel, Zemira Webb, Trinae Edwards, Danni Watson, Emily Cabral, Nia Christopher, Jade Stewart, Adia Gibbons, Ryley Simmons

What a difference a team makes, less than a month ago the same sport had the media running from pillar to post with coverage from every angle, but the same sport by the same country but a different gender and the coverage from some has all but disappeared or appears days later with somewhat of a mention, making one wonder is it the sport that is being covered or the gender?

Bermuda yet again dominated play but lack the finish they needed to control the match total, but on the stroke of half time Nia Christopher found the back of the net to give Bermuda a 1 – 0 lead.

Bermuda would double the lead early in the second half as Ryley Simmons scored, one minute later it would be 3 – 0 as Simmons scored her second goal of the game.

Suriname would pull a goal back in the 60th minute, but Christopher would restore Bermuda’s 3 goal lead one minute later.

Bermuda would score the 6th goal of the game and their 5th of the 86th minute when Simmons completed her hat-trick and then in stoppage time Christopher completed her hat-trick in earning Bermuda the 6 – 1 victory.

Monday, July 15, 2019
Butterfield-Steede Scores But Kiddminster Fall

Kiddminster Harriers Under 23’s went down 6 – 1 to Stourport Football Club.

Kiddminster opened the scoring through J'Nai Butterfield-Steede, but Stourport replied with five of their own before half time.

A penalty in the second half earned them the big win.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Bermuda's - Women’s U20 Championships Game One

Guyana 2 Bermuda 0

Bermuda kicked off their Women’s Under 20 CONCACAF Championships against the host Guyana at the National Track and Field Center Leonora.

Bermuda Starting Line Up: - Zahkari Turner, Koa Goodchild, Jenna Rempel, Zemira Webb, Trinae Edwards, Danni Watson, Emily Cabral, Nia Christopher, Jade Stewart, Adia Gibbons, Ryley Simmons

Bermuda will look to rebound following this 2 – 0 defeat at the hands of the host.

Jenea Knight gave Guyana the lead in the 29th minute, Knight would score again in the 90th minute for the host to win.

Guyana scored a goal in each half to defeat Bermuda in a match that for the most part Bermuda dominated with ball possession, but it was the host who took the chances they got to win the match.

Friday, July 12, 2019
CFU Announce Under 14 Challenge Series

The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will host the 2019 Girls’ Under 14 Challenge Series from August 5th – 13th, 2019 across five venues in the region. A total of 22 teams will take part in the competition.

The developmental tournament will be played in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Dominican Republic.

“This competition follows last year’s Women’s Challenge Series and drills down on the CFU’s commitment to grassroots football generally and the advancement of the women’s game specifically. Just under 400 girls from across the Caribbean will get the chance to pit their skills against their counterparts, and this will also foster their growth and development both on and off the football pitch,” CFU President Randolph Harris said.

“This competition is also important for us from a developmental perspective, as it gives us the opportunity to appoint budding referees from the respective territories to officiate in the matches. This will shore up their skills and give them some of the much-needed practical experience required to advance to the next tier,” President Harris added.

Click Here to see the Full 2019 2019 Girls’ Under 14 Challenge Series Schedule

Friday, July 12, 2019
Vasco & Somersfield Partner in Youth Football Programme

Germano Botelho
Vasco da Gama Club announced a partnership with Somersfield Academy. Starting in September 2019, the School’s field will be the Club’s training and home pitch for its Youth Football Programme.

The Club continues to press ahead with its commitment to local football by investing in its youth. Groups training under the Vasco banner will include from pee-wees through to Under-13s. Training sessions will take place Monday to Thursday while competitive games will be on Saturday.

Somersfield brings a safe and productive environment to the programme. As part of its focus on growth and personal development, Vasco will also incorporate a homework club into training sessions and emphasize the need of giving back to the community. The Club is also exploring transport options to get children to the homework club and training to make things easier for parents.

Registration to take part in the programme closes on Monday, 15 July 2019. The yearly cost will be $300 per child, and there is a “sibling discount” of $150 for each additional child registered. If any parent is interested in registering their children, please email footballvasco@gmail.com for the forms and more information.

The Club is also pleased to announce the leadership for the youth programme. Germano Botelho will become the Director of the Youth Programme. Joseph Carolo will become its Assistant Director and one of its coaches. Both men bring many years of experience in the training and care of young footballers.

Botelho said, “The ethos of the Vasco youth programme will be to train young players to become good citizens. We all like to win, and we won’t be discouraging that. But we will first and foremost emphasize personal growth and development, and the need for young people to grow up healthy and most important, have fun.

“Thanks to the Vasco Board for supporting our efforts, and to Somersfield for agreeing to this partnership. Those are critical parts in this equation.”

Carolo added, “We have a very impressive and dedicated group of coaches taking part in the programme. We look forward to rolling out their names in the coming weeks.

“Also, the parents who signed up their children are full of enthusiasm. Everyone is excited to be working towards the same goal of building this programme from the ground up. I can’t thank Sommersfield enough for coming on board.”

The Club is very happy to welcome Germano and Joe. Both of them bring a wealth of experience in youth football.

The formal launch of this programme follows the successful re-entry of a Vasco adult team following an 18 year absence from senior football in Bermuda. The Club did this with a view towards bringing in a more family-friendly focus to its matches. To that end, the Club signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bermuda Sport Anti Doping Authority in 2018 and became the first football team in Bermuda to randomly drug test each member of the team.

The establishment of this youth programme follows the visit in June 2018 to Bermuda of former Portuguese international footballer Pauleta and the hosting of a successful football clinic with over 100 children participating.

The interest in a programme then reached a fever pitch after the Club successfully took part in the 13th International U11 Football Tournament of the Azores on 18, 19 and 20 April, organized by Clube União Micaelense, of Ponta Delgada, Azores.

The Club also partnered with the Bermuda Football Association to host an international friendly between Bermuda and São Miguel, Azores, on 25 May.
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