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Monday, May 22, 2017
Steede-Hill Receives Sponsorship Award

The Bermuda Football Association announced a new initiative, they have partnered with PartnerRe to create the Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson Athlete Sponsorship Award. This award will be presented to a National Academy player selected by the National Academy Coaches.

The first recipient of the Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson Sponsorship Award is Jadae Steede-Hill. Steede-Hill will join Terrinae Trott, the 2016 National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Awardee, for a weeklong intensive training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Bermuda Football Association President Mark Wade said, “We are grateful for this partnership with PartnerRe. The support will enable the Bermuda Football Association to add another opportunity for our National Academy players to continue their football development.”

Tanika wade, the head of Human Resources at PartnerRe Bermuda said, “Since the passing of our beloved colleague Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson three years ago, the company has wanted to honor his legacy and his love of football by giving back to the community. We are pleased to work with the Bermuda Football Association to support Bermuda’s youth and the sport through and award in Smokey’s name. we congratulate Steede-Hill as the recipient of this award and wish he much success in her travels to the IMG Academy this summer and in her continued development as an outstanding athlete.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Nolan Joins North Texas Soccer

The North Texas soccer program added another offensive weapon its roster with the signing of Aaliyah Nolan, a forward from Navarro College and a member of the Bermuda Women’s National Team.

“We’re very happy to add Aaliyah to our offense for next fall,” North Texas head coach John Hedlund said. “She has great composure around the goal, and the vision and touch she possesses gives her the ability to set up anyone of her teammates in the offensive third. She will also play a big part in our set pieces. Adding Ariel (Diaz) and now Aaliyah to our roster should really help give our offense the spark we need for this coming fall.”

Nolan was named to the NCJAA Region XIV team as an honorable mention in 2016 after scoring 23 goals for Navarro College, which led the Bulldogs and was second in the region. She finished second on the team in points (50) and shots (67). Nolan recorded a five-goal game and also had a hat trick in a win at Jacksonville. The 13-5 Bulldogs advanced to the Region XIV championship game for the second straight year.

Nolan was a first-team all-region selection as a freshman in 2015. She will have two years of eligibility with the Mean Green.

A native of Warwick, Bermuda, Nolan has been a part of the Bermuda National Team since 2013. She played with the Bermuda Under 17 and Under 20 National Teams in the 2013 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup Qualifiers and with the Under 20 team in the 2015 CFU qualifiers. She also played with the national team at the 2013 Island Games.

Nolan attended the Berkeley Institute where she was a four-time academic honor roll honoree as well as a four-time MVP of the soccer team.

She received the Government of Bermuda’s National Sports Award (2013 and 2016), the Junior Achievement Award (2013 and 2015) and the Special Recognition U17 (2013).

Nolan is the 12th signee in Hedlund’s 2017 recruiting class. North Texas will welcome eight incoming freshmen and four transfers this fall. Two transfers, Natalie Newell and Caroline Paulette, joined the Mean Green this spring.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Trott & West Ham Promotd to Premier League 2 Division 1

Nathan Trott’s manager Terry Westley was delighted for his West Ham United Under 23 team after they secured promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 with a 2-1 Play-Off Final victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Trott was an unused sub, but he played a huge part in putting the team in the position as he kept many clean sheets when he did play before he was injured.

The Hammers fell behind in the crunch clash in the north east when Tom Heardman grabbed the opener after 19 minutes.

But Toni Martinez – back in the team after returning from his loan spell at Oxford United – equalised just before halftime when he fired across goalkeeper Tom Harker to make it 1-1.

And then just nine minutes into the second half, the super Spaniard was at it again, smashing in a second to give the visitors the lead.

It was backs to the wall stuff for the remaining half an hour but the Hammers held on sternly to see out the win and lift the trophy that sees them playing in the top division of PL2 next season.

After the celebrations, Westley said: “The boys deserve to be praised for an outstanding season. They’re delighted but they’re spent and they’ve given it all which shows their real character.

“You work with these boys every day; we know the effort they put in in training and we’ve had performance when we’ve had to dig in.

“It was tough. It’s been a long year for them. They’re tired. But you can see after; we’re delighted to have won in a hard competitive match. Going 1-0 down, the boys had to show some character, which we did against Wolves in the semi-final, it just shows what the players are like.

“It was a real 50-50 game and we knew Newcastle would take it close. You look at the fixtures If you look at the fixtures, it could be Manchester City away, Arsenal away, Chelsea at home, Everton at home…they’re tough fixtures, so we have to re-access where we are, and they have to be ready to go at the start of the season.

“So, well done to all the staff and everybody at the Academy, but now we have to be ready for July 3.”

The entire team’s collective performance was outstanding in the north east, but even so, Westley commented on a couple of the standout performers.

“Declan Rice is an immense captain and an immense leader and he’s going to have a huge future in the game, that I am sure about. He is possibly the best player in this league this year.

“Every single game the opposition talk about him, scouts talk about him, manager's ring about taking him on loan; he’s had an absolutely outstanding season and you can tell how tired he was at the end. He gives everything all of the time, he’s a proper captain and a proper leader.

“Then Kyle Knoyle – who won’t be retained at the end of the season – had the option not to play, but he wanted to and he rolled his sleeves up and said he’d show people what he can do. With that type of career, he’ll go a long way.

“He has shown the character of what you’re looking for in a young player. I’m delighted he’s leaving on a note when he’s a winner, because he deserves that.

“And finally, with Toni Martinez, it’s a bit different. He’s gone on loan and actually scored against Newcastle for Oxford in the cup.

“This was his first game for two and a bit months, and he’s done really well to play and he summed up what he is all about tonight. His goals tally this season – 14 in 14 – is what he is all about.”
Monday, May 15, 2017
Bascome Announces Validus BPRO Soccer Clinic 2017

Over the past 25 years, David Bascome, President of Bascome Enterprise, has impacted the lives of more than 6,500 young local soccer players through the annual Pro Soccer summer clinic, a programme that focuses on soccer skills, self-discipline and the development of positive values that young people can use both on the field of play and in their daily lives.

Kean Driscoll, President of Validus Group and Chief Executive Officer of Validus Re, stated: “Validus is honored to continue its support of David Bascome’s local soccer clinics.” He added, “This will be the 26th year that these clinics have taken place, and the skills that they provide to the players who participate in the program always prove to be immensely helpful to them both on and off the field.”

This year we will be running two clinics, one for females, and one for males. The clinics will be held on 24 – 28 July at the North Field, National Sports Centre for ages 4 through 14 and 4 through 16 for females. The clinic will be run under a Bascome Enterprise new curriculum which focuses on preparing players for the 21st century game. As we move into our 26th year it was important that we continue to strive to be a premium clinic in Bermuda, this year we aim to create better standards, promote player understanding and awareness, and create pathways for players. The Clinic will develop confident learners and have players that are committed to the learning they will receive. Not only have our Aims, Outcomes, Focus, Content broadened, but we have made sure to create a strong Methodology. The sessions will be practical and theory structured. They will produce a greater self-awareness with coaches and players. “The players’ learning environment will involve player instruction, organization of drills and competitive small sided games said David Bascome. Over the years we have been able to build a firm foundation on which the BPro Soccer Clinic has successfully grown. I could not be more pleased with the support we have been getting.”

Application forms for males and females for the 2017 Clinics are now available at the Sportseller: located at the lower level of the Washington Mall or on the www.bascomeenterprise.com website, Global Sports, Soccer clinic/camps section. .

Validus Pro Soccer Clinic contact: Jakisha Douglas, Pro Soccer Administrator Tel: 441 747 5589 Email: prosoccerclinic@gmail.com
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Trott & West Ham Fightback to Draw With Arsenal

Assistant manager Mark Phillips was pleased his three departing youth players got the send off they deserved after the U18s fought back to draw 3-3 at Arsenal.

Joe Powell, Anthony Scully and Jahmal Hector-Ingram will all be too old to play U18s football next season but they contributed to help the Hammers end the season on a positive note.

Scully scored the decisive equaliser at the end of an entertaining match where West Ham, again, would have been disappointed if they had not left London Colney with at least a point.

“We had a poor first half and could have been two or three down,” admitted Phillips. “We got ourselves back in it at 1-1 and in the second half, forget the scores, our commitment and effort in general play was quite rightly rewarded at the end.

“Our resilience and commitment as a team, which we showed in the second half, is excellent. We keep going all the way through to the end, which is good. It was three of the boys’ last game for the U18s and it’s nice that they leave on a happy note.”

Head coach Steve Potts made three changes to the side that drew with Manchester City two weeks ago. Regular U23s stopper Nathan Trott made his comeback from injury and Ajibola Alese and Scully returned to the fold.

Both sides had chances in the opening stages with the Hammers’ best effort coming from left winger Rosaire Longelo who cut in and forced a save from Alex Crean.

Arsenal began to assert themselves on the match as the first half wore on and took the lead ten minutes before half-time. A loose ball fell to Donyell Malen in the penalty area and he finished ruthlessly past Trott.

But the Hammers got back into the contest just before half-time via a familiar source. Scully slipped the ball into Hector-Ingram’s path and the No9 was upended in the box, which resulted in Korrey Henry sending the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to equalise.

The Hammers were urged to improve in the second half but it was Arsenal who regained the advantage. Ben Wells brought down Malen in the box and Joe Willock sent Trott the wrong way to make it 2-1.

The Gunners added to their lead in scrappy circumstances when Danny Ballard squeezed home from a corner, but the Hammers responded again 15 minutes from time when Powell’s cross was controlled and finished brilliantly by England U16 captain Alese.

And the visitors were rewarded for their efforts in the dying embers – a sweeping move resulted in substitute Bernardo Rosa winning the ball back in midfield. He fed fellow sub Yiannis Constantinou who returned the pass back to the Brazilian with Scully screaming for the ball on the left hand side. Rosa found the Irishman and he dispatched the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

The deserved comeback was complete and it left Phillips pleased overall with how the season had panned out.

“We had a great start to the season but dropped off and were slightly fortunate to make the top four,” he added.

“But since we’ve been in the Merit Group, apart from the Chelsea game, we’ve been very good and very competitive. We could have won several of the games we didn’t.

“I think the Merit Group has been good for us in terms of development, so overall it’s been a really good season.”
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