President of BAA Mike McGrath released a statement in part saying, “Bermuda Athletic Association (“BAA”) are delighted to welcome Andrew Bascome and his football management company into the BAA family as partner to provide BAA with a highly focused football program that caters to every player and every age group, from grassroots to senior players, allowing each player an age appropriate development path to maximize their individual potential. Through this partnership we now possess the coaches, facilities, structures, administrative and financial capabilities and international relationships to allow a player to fulfill his or her dreams and desires.
This is a true team effort from both organizations, with everyone involved focusing on the most important part of the game, the players and their individual technical and mental development through the use of high quality facilities, qualified coaching, structures and curriculums, while making sure the enjoyment of football is not lost. After all it is a game!
I am very pleased to welcome Dashun Cooper in the role of Technical Director of the BAA youth program. Under the mentorship of and collaboration with Bascome and other UEFA B licensed coaches: Karl Roberts and Aaron Lugo, Coach Cooper will take BAA’s youth program to
the next level. We have the best facilities for football in Bermuda with the specialist playing surface and lighting, an indoor gym, and now we get to add licensed coaches who have a real passion for the players enjoyment and development taking reward from their successes and not their own.
Coach Cooper stated “I am very excited to be announced Technical Director for BAA. Through playing and coaching football, I’ve realized that the most important resource to world football is the player. With this, our priority is to not only improve players technically, but to use football to improve the quality of life for the player.”
McGrath continued, “We have always wanted to offer the best and speaking to the parents and players over the years we have identified what has been missing, and I truly believe that these changes make for a program that is second-to-none on the island, with among other things improved communication through apps and email, use of visualization tools for teaching, as well as senior and head coaches on the field during practice to support, mentor and refine.
I am also pleased that Coach Bascome will remain as the manager for our Premiership team, a role that he has had for the last two seasons achieving our premier league status in his first year and securing our top flight status finishing 6th last season last season.”
Coach Bascome stated, “We are happy to assume this role for BAA, and as we have discussed over the last year, our focus must first and foremost be on the players, who give so much for the game but generally get so little in return, as the crowds today are more or less non existent at the senior games.
Coach Bascomes goes on to stay: “To support the senior team development my colleagues Aaron Lugo, Karl Roberts and Kameron Fox will take on different roles, just like you see at all major football clubs around the world, to make the players and the team the best that they can be. Further, as we have mutually agreed, in order to put real substance behind our ambitions, we have defined the overall objective for our senior team; players, coaches and administrators alike, to deliver us a CONCACAF Cup place in 3 years which will mean a league title or Cup triumph for BAA within two seasons.”
McGrath finished by saying, “BAA strives to provide the Bermuda community the best opportunities for all to enjoy as many sports as possible and this new relationship goes a long way to insure this will continue and BAA will continue to be a big part in the community and sport.”