College coaches check out local talent
Bermuda's Brazilian Football School (BBFS) will bring in seven USA college coaches to hold the first ever Bermuda Based College Showcase on the Island.
The event, sponsored by HSBC Bermuda, will see seven US college coaches and three professional academy coaches (USA, Canada and UK) train local youth players aged 11-21 from April 4 to the 8.
They will give firsthand advice on how to become a better citizen and help pursue a university education overseas. The camp is invite only and will be held at the National Sports Centre from 9am to 3.30pm.
BBFS CEO Cal Blankendal said: “It is important for coaches to come down and help the kids along their road.
“When you look at how many kids play football, and you look at the numbers of those that go away and get a degree while on a football scholarship it is also high, but very few turn professional, so we are looking at turning that ratio.”
Over 100 plus players and parents will receive information on SAT requirements and the process of becoming a student athlete and what it takes to become a professional football player.
Schools participating include Clearwater Middle School, Dellwood Middle School, Mount Saint Agnes, Sandys Middle School, Somersfield Academy, T.N. Tatem Middle School, Whitney Institute Middle School, The Saltus Grammar School, Warwick Academy, CedarBridge Academy, and The Berkeley Institute.
The BBFS have assembled a strong lineup of coaches to attend the event, including Becky Burleigh and Alan Kirkup (University of Florida), Joe Pereira (Old Dominion University), Nick Glaser (University of Memphis), Gerry Austin (Oglethorpe University, Terry Foley (Bay Area Breeze/WPSL), Diane Drake (George Mason University), Jeff Bookman (Inside Soccer) and Mosen (Hamilton FC/USL).
There will also be classroom sessions on how to be a scholar as well and a professional
Blankendal added: “Our focus is to touch the kids and make them know that it is about both school and the game, not just the game.
“We take roughly 20 kids overseas but we can do the same thing that they do overseas here and touch more kids.
“College coaches come down and look at players, but you also have to have the grades to be able to go away to school.”