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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Astwood Heading to Northwood School

Mother & Son
Bermuda Youth National Footballer Arnezha' Astwood has been accepted in Northwood School in Lake Placid New York.

Astwood was recently awarded a 2018 National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Programme Award through the Bermuda Football Association.

Astwood was scouted by Jon Moodey of Blackrock FC Academy in February. Moodey will be Northwood's new head coach and he awarded Astwood a Scholarship.

Astwood mother Arnell Astwood told www.islandstats.com, I received the award for a trial period at West Ham United, but he never attended his coach Dennis Brown called me a few days ago and said West Ham is very interested in Arnezha' but he really is not interested as he wants to attend Northwood.”

“He wants to be an Accountant so his focus is more on finishing Northwood and applying for a full scholarship to attend College,” continued Arnell Astwood.

Arnell Astwood concluded, “I am very proud of him, because many youngsters would have quickly taken the opportunity to go England, but he has a complete different outlook.”
Monday, July 16, 2018
Trott & West Ham United to Face FC Porto
Nathan Trott and his West Ham United Under 23 teammates will this season face reigning champions FC Porto in the Group Stages of their Premier League International Cup campaign.

The Portuguese giants, who were crowned tournament winners for the second consecutive season when they defeated Arsenal in the Final in May, will travel to London to face West Ham United in Group A.

Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb will also offer Terry Westley’s side a stern test, while Southampton are the second English Club drawn in the East Londoners’ group.

Last term marked West Ham’s first involvement in the competition, and they will hope to this campaign battle towards progression from the opening round after last season’s early elimination.

Semi-finalists Villarreal were winners against West Ham in London, and so too were Benfica and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur as they beat what were extremely youthful West Ham starting XIs.

While Porto are experts in the competition, south coast outfit Southampton are taking part for the first time. The Saints play their league football in Premier League 2 Division 2, a level below the Hammers’ Division 1.

Zagreb, meanwhile, impressed in last season’s edition, topping their group before coming unstuck at runners-up Arsenal at the quarter-final stage.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
CONCACAF Announce Under 15 Girls Dates

CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, announced that the 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship will be held from August 6th – 13th at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

This will be the largest CONCACAF tournament ever for female participants and will feature a record number of CONCACAF Member Associations as well as two invited teams from UEFA.

The Bermuda team is expected to be named in the coming days.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Minors is Heading to Italy’s Soccer Management Institute

Calon Minors graduated from University of South Carolina – Upstate, SC with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science with a Minor in Psychology.

While at USC-Upstate (4-year partial soccer scholarship), Minors’ achievements included:
• Dean’s list (2014; 2016)
• Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society Member
• National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member
• ASUN Conference Honor Roll (2014-2018)
• National Collegiate Student Athlete Honors Society

Minors’ was the recipient of the:
• Leadership Award for Men’s Soccer (2017-2018)
• The Sportsmanship Award (overall Athletic Department) (2017-2018)

Minors’ involvement while attending USC – Upstate included:
• Black Student Leaders Organization
• USC Upstate Student Athlete Advisory Committee (2015-2018)
• Vice-Captain University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s soccer (2017-2018)
• Volunteering at Jesse Bobo Primary School, Carolina Miracle League through the McCarthy Teszler School, Carols Hope Thrift Store for Child Cancer

Minors’ has received a partial scholarship from the Soccer Management Institute in Florence, Italy and will be attending to obtain a Master’s Degree in Sports Management & Soccer Coaching.

Minors’ gives glory to God, crediting God for all that he has become. It is because of Him that I live, move and have my being, Acts 17:28.
Monday, July 09, 2018
Marshall Family Fund Seeks to Support Football Players

The Marshall's
A new $1 million fund seeks to help Bermuda’s football players achieve their best – with a view to raising standards at home and abroad. As football fans around the world follow the ups and downs of the 2018 World Cup, the Charles E. and Lesley Marshall Family Fund is focused on the future of Bermuda’s football.

The fund will be making grants before the start of the new season, and the Bermuda Football Association has been asked to advise its affiliated clubs and entities to make applications for funding.

Why this fund; why now?

“Charlie” Marshall still shudders when he recalls how Bermuda almost fell afoul of World Cup organizers FIFA – due to a shortage of funds. It was around 1992, and Bermuda almost qualified in the CONCACAF Zone of the 1994 World Cup. “It was a proud moment; Bermuda was as close to getting through as it ever had been but we were desperately short of money,” says Marshall, who was at the time President of the BFA. “The value of sport to the general good health of the community was not generally appreciated in those days, so funding it was not a national priority.

“We owed $80,000 – and if we didn’t come up with it, we would receive a fine of $70,000 and suspension from international competition for up to five years. I resolved then that if I ever had the means, I would set up a fund for the Island to assist players reach their potential and Bermuda to achieve its best on the world stage.”

After a successful career in electronics and telecommunications, Marshall was true to his word. The fund set up by him and his wife Lesley is now managed by the Bermuda Community Foundation (BCF).

Applications for 2018 funding must be submitted by 5pm, July 18th. Once all applications are received, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, with football world stalwarts Troy Harvey and Shervin Dill will make their decisions on grants for the year. They expect to give away up to $35,000.

“The Charles E. and Lesley Marshall Fund for Football was recently established at the BCF to support the development of youth football and refereeing by providing funds for the programmes and activities of football clubs and entities affiliated with the BFA,” said Dr. Myra Virgil, CEO and Managing Director of the BCF. “Football clubs and programmes can apply for assistance to purchase gear (i.e., footballs, bibs, goals), youth registration fees, youth referee education and training.

“The Marshalls are a wonderful example of thoughtful, strategic philanthropy. They are assisting others to benefit from their success, and are supporting something they care deeply about. Marshall has given an immense amount of time and effort to further Bermuda sport because he believes passionately in its importance to the health of the community. In 1992 was awarded an MBE for his achievements – but he did not rest on his laurels. Now he is continuing his work, in a different way.”

To apply for this grant, please use this link: The Charles E. & Lesley Marshall Family Fund Grant Application
. The deadline is 5pm, Monday, July 16th, 2018.

Families or individuals interested in setting up their own Charitable Funds at BCF to improve Bermuda can learn more about donor-advised philanthropy at www.bcf.bm.
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