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Broadley leaps to BFA's defence over funding

Former technical director Derek Broadley insists the Bermuda Football Association have “nothing to fear” from the public inquiry into how they spent Government funding.

Broadley believes the BFA have been unnecessarily dragged into the joint probe into whether the millions pumped into football and cricket during the past five years have been worthwhile.

He also moved to quash the misconception about how much money was given by Government, revealing the BFA have received only $6.5 of the $15 million initially promised to them in 2007.

“What was a $15 million plan over five years turned out to be a six-and-a-half million project. I don't feel football should have been dragged into this inquiry; there's no big mystery to where the money's been spent,” said Broadley, whose three-year contract with the BFA expired last March.

While Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney has said he doesn't believe the BFA or the BCB have anything to hide, he is still keen to ascertain where the money has gone.

However, Broadley is adamant the BFA have spent the public money wisely. In particular, he said there were several flourishing grassroots programmes responsible for an unprecedented number of youngsters continuing their football and educational development overseas. He also pointed to the National Academy's impact in helping the Bermuda Hogges to their most successful ever season this summer.

“If they do launch this investigation into football they will find that the BFA are a very transparent organisation.

“I believe the money has been spent wisely and the programmes which have been put into place will confirm that. I don't think that's even an issue, not for football, they have nothing to hide.”

In the wake of the global recession, Broadley accepts Government had to cut their cloth accordingly, but said the continual loss of funds did impact upon the success of the BFA's ambitious five-year plan.

“If you go back to when I was first appointed, there was this beautiful five-year plan based on our $3 million a year budget,” Broadley said.

“Really, though, the plan was flawed after just one year when we were forced to chisel it back when Government started withdrawing their funding.

“Any plan you put together has to be for five years as that's the only way you will see improvement. But once you start cutting back, everything gets chopped and changed. That's before you even look at the political changes that went on during my three years which saw as many different presidents at the helm.”

As well as basing an entire infrastructure on the money pledged, the BFA also more than doubled their permanent staff from three in 2004 to seven in 2010. Covering the costs of that increased wage bill was also a department where much of the Government cash was allocated.

“When the BFA drew up their five-year plan, the first thing put in place was the staffing to manage that plan,” he said.

“The whole plan was unfortunately up against it from the start because we didn't have the money to see it through.”

Broadley believes the Government inquiry could expose a few home truths about how the domestic clubs are run, especially in terms of the maintenance of the expensive equipment they were given by the BFA in 2007.

“One thing that will come out of the investigation will be the investment in the club's facilities,” he said.

“Quite honestly, there's no management structure at most of the clubs.

“I arrived a year after each club had been given bundles and bundles of equipment, but that equipment is nowhere to be scene, it just went missing.”

Former technical director Derek Broadley (left) with National Academy coach Gary Darrell.

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Published September 08, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 08, 2011 at 10:00 am)

Broadley leaps to BFA's defence over funding

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