Village trio to be honoured
Three members of North Village’s famous 1978 “Triple Crown” winning squad have been named among this year’s Bermuda Football Association Legends.
Twins Richard and Robert Calderon and Randy Bean are among the five legends who will be honoured via the BFA Legends scholarship awards scheme for their outstanding contributions to local football.
The trio helped Village win the coveted “Triple Crown” — comprised of the League, Friendship Trophy FA Cup — and have been capped numerous times for Bermuda at the international level.
Robert Calderon captained Bermuda to a bronze medal at the 1978 Central American and Caribbean Games in Medellin, Colombia, while Bean was a member of the island’s national team that qualified for the 1979 Pan Am Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Robert Calderon is also a former national coach, BFA vice-president and technical committee chairman and founding member of the Bermuda Football Coaches Association and Bermuda Football Foundation, while his sibling Richard is also a former BFA president who helped form the BFF and is also a founding member of the BFCA.
Late Hotels International captain and coach Alan Peacock and former Bermuda women’s national team player and BFA Competitions Committee member Lesley Cherry-White are this year’s remaining BFA Legends.
Peacock is largely credited for Hotels winning numerous titles in the 1970s and 1980s and using his overseas contacts to bring teams to Bermuda and supporting the BFA in his capacity as Executive Director to drive international football activity for the National Team in the 1980s and 90s.
Cherry-White represented Bermuda’s woman’s national team from 1989 to 1997 and is one of the first two Bermudian women to play football at the University level for Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earned a bachelor’s Degree in physical education and a master’s degree in Education Administration.
This year’s BFA Legends were unveiled during the BFA Awards Ceremony held at City Hall in April.
Emanating from the BFA’s Strategic Plan, the Legends Scholarship Awards provides local players with the opportunity to develop academically through the sport of football.
The BFA allocates funding annually to aid the educational aspirations of the island’s young football scholars to attend schools, colleges and universities, both locally and overseas.
Applications are now being accepted for this year’s BFA Legends Scholarships which can be downloaded from the BFA Website (www.bermudafa.com) or obtained at the BFA’s Clyde Best Center of Excellence.
The deadline for applications is June 30.
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