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Six coaches qualify for B Licence

Jacques Crevoisier led the C Licence coaching

This year’s Bermuda Football Coaches Association Uefa equivalent C Licence course has proven to be the most successful yet.

All 23 participants that took part in the weeklong coaching course at the National Sports Centre and CedarBridge Academy passed the exam, with six being chosen for the B Licence exam.

Those who reached the standard to be chosen for the B Licence included Cal Blankendal, the former Bermuda Football Association first vice-president, Devarr Boyles, the past BFA youth director and Dennis Brown, the Somerset Trojans technical director.

The course was run by Jacques Crevoisier, who has worked with Gérard Houllier at Liverpool and Arsène Wenger at Arsenal.

“The results are better than any year because we have six guys who are able to go to the B Licence for the first time ever, so it means the level was very good and the commitment perfect,” Crevoisier said.

“It was a very special group because I had maybe for the first time experienced coaches like Dennis Brown, Devarr Boyles and Cal Blankendal.

“On one hand, I had guys who were very experienced and on the other I had beginners so to put them all together was good because they could mix.”

Blankendal, the North Village youth director, said: “I am pleased and excited to have received a passing mark to prepare for the Uefa B Licence.

“Whether we are preparing for the C or the B Licence, the better the coaches are and the more we as adults want to learn, then the better the players are going to be.”

Zuri Darrell, the Devonshire Colts striker and youth coach, added: “This is my first year helping to coach our under-14s, so it’s definitely a good way to expand my knowledge. The course was very good and I would encourage any coach to do it.”

Scott Morton, the BFCA president, said the course was a huge success.

“It was very encouraging to have those senior persons involved because those senior players helped the other players within the group feel a bit more comfortable,” he said.