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Better coaches and artificial pitches key to improvement

Jacques Crevoisier believes the key to improving Bermudian football is a twofold solution: raise the overall standard of coaches and invest in more artificial pitches.

According to the Frenchman, players with a poor grasp of even the most basic principles of the game are almost always an inevitable product of substandard coaching.

And unless the Island addresses its dearth of quality coaches, he fears the Bermuda national team will continue to lose ground on their Caribbean rivals.

“There are two keys to improving football in Bermuda: you need the best coaches and the best pitches,” said Crevoisier, who has a degree in sports psychology.

“It’s not enough to talk about the top six coaches on the Island, the problem seems to be other coaches; the coach of the Under-10s, the Under-12s, the Under-14s. Are they disciplined enough, do they have enough information?

“Facilities, coaches, plan and programme that’s really it.

“After some years, as long as you work well, the level of the national team will be better, of course.”

While Crevoisier believes the installation of synthetic pitches at BFA Field and BAA Field are a step in the right direction, he feels Bermuda is still short of four more similar venues.

“The BAA pitch is fantastic and the National Sports Centre is great but that’s only used about six times a year,” he said.

“For me, Bermuda needs more astro turf pitches, as is the case with many countries. With astro turf you can be on the pitch all day.

“If this Island could have six astro turf pitches it would be fantastic. I hope in six years time there can two more at each end of the Island.”

Crevoisier completed an eight-day visit to the Island earlier this week, his second in six months, which saw him hold several workshops and launch a coaching manual aimed at improving grassroots players.

In April he will return to introduce two further parts of the coaching aid when he will also roll out a coaching certificate programme, starting at a level equivalent to the UEFA C licence.

He hopes the initiative will be embraced by all coaches, not just those directly involved in the ABC Football School.

“I have been delighted with the feedback from the 35 or so coaches I have helping this week; they’re fanatical about their football,” said the former Liverpool assistant.

“My main objective is to help them become more comfortable on the pitch. To be a good player is one thing; to be a good coach is another.

“My target is to help the Bermuda coaches become autonomous. The ABC are very open-minded and want to attract other people for the benefit of football. What I hope is for coaches from all of the clubs and the BFA to be a part of that.

“Getting more Bermuda coaches qualified is a big idea for us. I hope after one year I can find six or seven of the top coaches on the Island and progress them to the UEFA B licence.

“The problem is Concacaf doesn’t have a technical director and doesn’t have a coaching education programme; I don’t know what Concacaf is, to be honest.”

Crevoisier is one year into his three-year contract with the ABC Football School, which is run by Robin Hood coach Andrew Bascome and local businessman Henrik Schroder.

A season-long Valencia FC academy is now based at Saltus Grammar School as part of an agreement between the ABC Football School and the Spanish giants.

French coach Jacques Crevoisier during a coaching seminar at Saltus Wednesday afternoon ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published September 17, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 17, 2011 at 8:17 am)

Better coaches and artificial pitches key to improvement

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