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Top Scottish coach to hold UEFA B course in Bermuda

Top Scottish football coach Donald Park will visit the Island in September to conduct the UEFA B Licence course for up to 20 local coaches.

Park, the head coach of education at the Scottish Football Association (SFA), will spearhead the course in collaboration with Bermuda Football Association (BFA) and the ABC Football School.

The former Hearts midfielder will run the first part of the course from September 24 to October 4, before returning to Bermuda for the second phase of the coaching badge next April.

In order to complete the UEFA B licence diploma, coaches will have to head to Scotland to take an exam in May or June, 2014.

Park, 59, stepped down as Hibernian’s assistant coach in 2009 to take his coaching role at the SFA. He previously worked at Scottish clubs Meadowbank Thistle, Inverness, Hearts, Arbroath and Raith Rovers.

Mark Wade, BFA’s player development committee chairman, said the 120-hour course was an opportunity for domestic coaches to obtain quality instruction without leaving Bermuda.

“Through the ABC School (the BFA) have been able to offer this (UEFA B Licence) course,” said Wade, who visited the UK with several Bermudian coaches in 2004 to complete a B licence equivalent course.

“It’s important to bring the teacher to the students and to be able to offer this kind of coaching on the Island at considerable savings is fantastic.

“Donald Park is the head coach of education at the Scottish Football Association and he will conduct the course he is very highly regarded in coaching coaches.”

ABC football director Henrik Schroder said they had been working closely with French coach Jacques Crevoisier in identifying suitable candidates for the course.

Crevoisier visited the Island in April to conduct the first phase of a UEFA C Licence equivalent course.

As many as 45 local coaches enrolled in the practical and theory sessions, with the second part of the course to be held in September the same time Park visits the Island.

To date as many as 24 local coaches have completed the UEFA C Licence equivalence diploma through the ABC Football School.

“There is no question in our minds at ABC Football School is by far the most productive way to bring football forward in Bermuda,” said Schroder, who added that the likes of Richard Todd (BFA Academy director), Kenny Thompson (BAA football director), Devarr Boyles, Maurice Lowe (BAA coach), Scott Morton, Don Vickers, Karl Roberts, John Barry Nusum (national team skipper) and Andrew Bascome (head coach ABC Football School) had been earmarked by Crevoisier as coaches with B Licence requirements.

Schroder said invitations would also be sent to those coaches who had achieved a 75 percent pass rate at the C Licence, coaches of all Premier and First Division teams and local PE teachers.

The B Licence course, which will cost $950 and to be paid in three instalments, will be held at BFA Field and the National Sports Centre.

To register email abcfootballschool@gmail.com before June 30.

Scottish Football Association head coach of education Donald Park (right) will visit Bermuda in September to conduct the UEFA B Licence course.

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Published June 12, 2013 at 9:11 am (Updated June 12, 2013 at 9:10 am)

Top Scottish coach to hold UEFA B course in Bermuda

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