Broadley bids farewell to Bermuda
Derek Broadley will today say goodbye to the Island after completing his three-year contract as the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) technical director.
The straight-talking Scotsman will enjoy a short vacation with his family who have already moved back to the US, before starting his new role as the head coach of Knoxville Force in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
Broadley was told back in August that his three-year contract would not be renewed by the previous BFA regime under former president Richard Calderon. It's expected that BFA youth director Devarr Boyles will step up to replace Broadley as technical director.
Yesterday, BFA president Larry Mussenden thanked Broadley for making a “valuable contribution” to local football during his time on the Island.
“On behalf of the executive council, administrative staff and the entire family of football, we extend our thanks and appreciation to Derek for his professional contribution to football in Bermuda,” said Mussenden.
“In particular, his role in the redevelopment of the various leagues and competitions across the entire spectrum of football, the establishment of the National Academy Programme and the launching of the Coach Education Scheme consisting of the delivery of the ‘D','C' and ‘B' License Courses and the development of the ‘A' License scheme.
“There were other programmes and initiatives instituted as a result of the Association's Strategic Plan that Derek would have been involved or the implementation of such programmes came as a direct result of Derek's involvement over the past three years.
“We applaud Derek for his time and efforts spent in Bermuda making a valuable contribution to the progression of football generally.
“We wish to extend all the very best to Derek and family and hope that he will take the opportunity in the future to return and visit our Island home.”
Former Crystal Palace academy director, Broadley, joined the BFA as technical director in March, 2008, during Larry Mussenden's previous presidency. He was largely responsible for restructuring the domestic game, establishing the Island's first ever National Academy at BFA Field and implementing the BFA's first in-house training course for local coaches.
Along with Paul Scope, he helped forge a partnership between the BFA and Bermuda Hogges which saw the club switch from the USL Division Two to the Premier Development League (PDL) last season.
He also created avenues for several young Bermuda players to further their footballing educations in England including Nahki Wells, now at Carlisle United, Tahj Bell and Quadir Maynard.