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Bascome keen to serve Bermuda

Andrew Bascome has always had a passion to serve his country.

Therefore it really comes as no surprise that the top football coach is seriously considering coaching at the national level in some capacity.

Bascome is currently engaged in discussions with Bermuda Football Association (BFA) that many speculate could result with the former North Village midfielder taking over the reigns of the senior national team.

For the time being, though, the top coach is keeping his cards close to his chest in terms of what specific role the BFA are potentially looking for him to fulfill.

“I have just let them know that I am available to represent my country in any capacity they see fit,” Bascome said. “They are the experts, not me.”

The UEFA certified coach said he is willing to serve wherever his services may be needed at the national level.

“I have always had a passion to serve my country and that has always been a priority of mine even as a player,” he said. “Now I have the opportunity to do it as a coach. I have good people around me and I am willing to take on the challenge if it is offered to me.”

If given the opportunity to coach at the national level Bascome said one of his main objectives would be to instil a hard work ethic into his players.

“I don’t think anything in life that’s complicated cannot be simplified through hard work,” he added. “Even talented teams understand that they have to work hard and that would be my objective.

“We have the talent here but what we don’t have is the work ethic because our talented children have been spoiled over the years. They have to be made to realise that just like the average children they have to work hard to achieve anything in life.”

With nearly 25 years of coaching experience under his belt Bascome feels he is well equipped to coach at the national level.

There are those such as former PHC and Bermuda striker Sammy Swan who feel it is “long overdue” for Bascome to be given a shot at coaching Bermuda’s senior national team.

Bascome, though, has always been one to take things in stride.

“I am not the one to appoint the time because everything has its time and place,” he said. “I just feel that I am now equipped and in a good place to do good for my country.

“I have been coaching for 25 years at the senior level and I think this is my opportunity. Everything has its time and I don’t judge no one else.”

Having won every major honour there is in domestic football places Bascome up there among local coaching’s elite.

So what has been the key to his success?

“I don’t coach for trophies ... I coach for life,” he said. “My commitment is to football and the development of young people’s lives.

“Football has done a lot for me. I come from a hard place and football has put me in a good place so I know what it means to me and what it means to a lot of people through my life and experiences.

“When I see young men come to me for football I just don’t see them as footballers. I see them as doctors, lawyers, teachers, trash collectors, everybody that makes this world go around. That’s what I see.”

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Published February 13, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated February 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm)

Bascome keen to serve Bermuda

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