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Everton and West Ham youth teams lined up for Bermuda Triangle Cup

Dreaming big: Dennis Brown wants to bring Everton and West Ham youth teams to next year’s Bermuda Triangle Cup (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Bermuda Sports International, the organisers of the Bermuda Triangle Cup have big plans for next year’s tournament, with youth teams from English Premier League clubs Everton and West Ham lined up to take part.

Dennis Brown, the BSI president said they want to give exposure to the island’s up-and-coming talent the much needed exposure by bringing in more foreign teams to the tournament. “This is what our players need, especially teams coming from abroad to give us a different point of view,’’ Brown said.

“This is the beginning of what we’re trying to achieve as Bermuda Sports International, by bringing international football to enhance the level of our game in Bermuda.

“This year we had Charlotte FC, next year we already have Everton on the on the radar.

“I’ve spoken to Clyde Best in relation to bringing West Ham, so it’s going to get even bigger and better as we go along.

“Clyde Best is an ambassador for us, we also run a camp in Maryland and we always have him out there with us, as an ambassador for football in Bermuda.

“I grew up around Clyde, I’ve known him all my life, for someone who is a pioneer for Black players in the world, that should be a good motivator for these young guys in Bermuda to try to emulate what he did, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Best, who was present throughout this year’s tournament, sees the coming in of foreign teams as a massive encouragement for the Bermudian youngsters.

“It’s a great thing, especially for our local children to be playing competitions against foreign children because we don’t get that opportunity most of the time,” Best said.

“The more teams we bring here from overseas for our children to play against, the better it’s going to make them.

“I am for foreign teams coming to Bermuda to play against our youth, hopefully it’s going to help them to improve, if they can get a scholarship to overseas and play that’s fantastic.”

In playing his part in shaping the future of Bermuda football, Best is heading out to Europe on August 13 with a group of talented footballers from all parts of the island.

The tour concludes at the beginning of September.

“We are taking a bunch over, going to England, to games, look at colleges, universities and high schools,’’ he said.

“Hopefully, one or two will get accepted and will go from there.

“We’re taking two teams altogether, it will be about 25 or 30 players from all over the island, from age 14 up to 17.

“We’ll probably start off in London, go up to the Midlands, we might even have to go north and play Manchester and we hope to get over to Holland, at Feyenoord it’s one of the teams I played for over the years.

“When I go there, I will be speaking to West Ham, to see if I can get them and one or two other teams from England to come play in the Bermuda Triangle Cup.”

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Published August 10, 2023 at 11:34 pm (Updated August 10, 2023 at 11:34 pm)

Everton and West Ham youth teams lined up for Bermuda Triangle Cup

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