Dill: Stepping down as Village president was a tough decision
Resigning as president of a club he led for more than a decade was not an easy decision for Shervin Dill to make.
Dill, who turns 60 later this month, dropped a bombshell when he stood down as North Village Community Club (NVCC) president at the club's AGM last month.
“It was a difficult decision but this succession plan has been in place for a number of years now and I just felt that it was time,” he said. “I've been involved with North Village for over 40 years starting as a junior player under Harold (Doc) Dowling to being elected as president of the club in 2000.
“It's been quite a bit of time of administrative work and involvement with North Village Community Club and I have enjoyed the journey.”
Dill succeeded Rudolph Hollis as club president back in 2000.
One of his proudest achievements during his tenure, he says, was re-establishing the Pembroke club as a reckoning force in football.
“We had not won a Premier title in 23 years when I first came in and we needed to re-establish ourselves and we've done very well on the field of play,” Dill said. “There have been many a magic moment in terms of those types of achievements and the triple crown success back in the 2005-06 season was a magical moment as well.”
Not surprisingly, Dill refuses to take all of the credit for Rams' successes on the pitch during his watch.
“I can't take all the credit because we had coaching staff that were responsible for the success on the field as well,” he said. “I have had the distinction of working with some of the best coaches in the Island and we have achieved a lot.”
Helping Village's youth programme evolve into the thriving set-up it is today also brings a broad smile on Dill's face.
“One of the first things that we transitioned to when I first came in was restructuring of our entire youth programme,” he recalled. “That has proved to be a significant part of the success of North Village over the years in terms of how we have been able to maintain and sustain ourselves from a business perspective as well as a community perspective.”
Other accomplishments Dill takes pride in is having secured a sponsorship deal with title sponsors Link Bermuda and helping to groom the next generation of club administrators.
“North Village have not just been developing our football programmes and youth programmes and all the rest of that,” he said. “We've also been developing administrators and the education of our administrators has been part of our plans as we have progressed through the years.
“We we did a course with the Centre of Philanthropy not too long ago through the Bermuda Football Association and that educational course certainly was very good for all of us in terms of what we were able to learn from and improve on our processes in running the club, which takes quite a bit of time and energy to do and do it proper.”
During his tenure Dill also went to lengths to provide education and international exposure for the club's coaches and secure a lease for the use of Bernard Park as a home venue.
“We improved the infrastructure at North Village as far the field and I'm very proud of that,” he said. “It's the best home field in Bermuda outside of the National Stadium and we are very proud of that facility that gives us a sense of security.”
The only let-down during his tenure, Dill noted, was not being able to realise his vision of building a clubhouse.
“One of the major things was the building of a clubhouse facility which was high on my list,” he said. “I wouldn't say it's a regret but in today's economic climate we were challenged to achieve that.
“That is something I believe was one of our biggest challenges and I'm hoping the new executive will be able to achieve that ultimate goal.”
Dill, who has been succeeded by Stephen Coddington as Village president, stressed that none of the accomplishments achieved during his watch would have been possible without the assistance of others.
“I'd like to thank all the past executives and management teams that I've had the pleasure of working with during my tenure as president,” he said.
He also offered well wishes to his successor.
“I just want to extend congratulations to Stephen and the executives and wish them the best of success during their tenure and, of course, best wishes for the future success of North Village under their leadership.”