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Honourable contribution: Bermuda coach Andrew Bascome, Khomeini Talbot and Karl Roberts are pictured with employees of tournament sponsor PwC Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

PwC Bermuda is sponsoring a new postseason football tournament in honour of a former colleague, Uthmani Talbot, who died in a cycle crash in 2013.

The first UT7 Tournament, aimed at players aged between 15 and 25, is being organised by Bermuda coach Andrew Bascome and Uthmani’s brother, Khomeini Talbot.

Seven-a-side “pick-up” games will be played at Warrior Park on Somersall Road, Smith’s, on Fridays from 6pm and Sundays from 5pm.

“Uthmani insisted that being a footballer wasn’t just about the football and sought to help uplift and encourage others,” said Khomeini Talbot, who is on the coaching staff at First Division side X-Roads Warriors.

“We are immensely proud to honour him with the UT7 football tournament.”

Scott Watson-Brown, the managing director at PwC, said: “We are pleased to partner with organisations that engage with our community to make a difference. Supporting youth education and sports programmes is a key part of our corporate responsibility strategy.

“This sponsorship is especially meaningful to us as this event will serve as a memorial for our former colleague, Uthmani Talbot.”

Bascome said that with the regular season coming to an end, there is a critical need to provide some activity for the most important footballing age groups; players 15 up to 25, and enable them to continue to develop and play in a structured manner.

The UT7 Football Tournament is open to all players regardless of club, school or college team affiliation.

“We are truly inclusive assuming that the players live up to our requirements and respect the code of conduct,” Talbot said. “It is our hope that the UT7 Football Tournament will help fulfil Uthmani’s vision of improving the level of football in Bermuda and that his memory will be a unifying force for the community.”

To register, players can visit the website www.ut7football.com or players can register during the training days, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7.30 to 8.45pm at the BFA Field.

Because of the sponsorship of PwC, and the support from the BFA and X-Roads, the registration fee is $20 per player, which covers the entire ten-week tournament.

Talbot, a former Berkeley Institute head boy and X-Roads player, was aged 24 when he died.

For more details, visit www.ut7football.com, e-mail the organisers at ut7tournament@gmail.com or call 517-4232 or 300-0822.

Good work continues: Bascome believes the tournament will help to keep young players active during the off-season