Local coaches on the rise

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  • Photograph by Lawrence Trott

Passing the test: the paticipants of the C licence course with their certificates at the National Sports Centre Pavilion. Nineteen were successful, including Richard Boyd, Jarreau Hayward and Stacy Babb, who are eligible to sit the B licence after scoring 80 points or higher. Missing is Mishael Paynter

    Photograph by Lawrence Trott Passing the test: the paticipants of the C licence course with their certificates at the National Sports Centre Pavilion. Nineteen were successful, including Richard Boyd, Jarreau Hayward and Stacy Babb, who are eligible to sit the B licence after scoring 80 points or higher. Missing is Mishael Paynter


Nineteen local coaches received C licence certificates after passing a 40-hour coaching course delivered by the Bermuda Football Coaches Association and the Bermuda Football Association.

The list includes three — Richard Boyd, Jarreau Hayward and Stacy Babb — who scored 80 points or higher, which qualifies them to sit the B licence course in the future.

“One of the main reasons we provided coach education was to have all the local coaches qualified to international licence standards,” Scott Morton, the PHC Zebras coach and BFCA president, said.

“This is the first step to what could be coming next, which is the Uefa B licence.

“Next season the full licence programme will be implemented, and what that looks like is every coach at every club, no matter what age group, has to have a licence in order to coach, from under five all the way to the senior team.

“That process is in place now and will be implemented in the 2018-19 season.”

Jacques Crevoisier, a former Liverpool first-team coach, who brought the C licence to Bermuda six years ago, was on the island conducting the course, and now 134 have obtained the C licence locally during that period.

“Also over that period we have qualified 24 Uefa B licence coaches and the majority of those B licence coaches came through the C licence process,” said Morton, a B licence qualified coach, who is assisted on the BFCA by Derek Stapley and secretary Germany Botelho.

“This course wouldn’t be possible without Jacques Crevoisier, who brought the idea to Bermuda and made it happen with his contacts for us to have a recognised C licence course.”

Crevoisier coached for the French football federation at Clairefontaine, winning the European Under-18 Championship in 2000, and is a Uefa senior director for the technical department.

He has also consulted for Sochaux, Saint-Etienne and Monaco and provided psychology work at Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Crevoisier is also a regular match-day commentator on English Premier League and other top European games and a regular public speaker.

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Published Sep 21, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 21, 2017 at 12:03 am)

Local coaches on the rise

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