The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) presented Club Licenses to the Premier and First Division Clubs as part of its ongoing club development initiative. All clubs were required to provide to the Association specific documentation to verify the structure and the status of various areas within their Club. Led by BFA Honorary Vice President and Club Licensing Manager Mr. Neville Tyrrell, the Club Licensing Committee spent considerable time during 2017 to assess the documentation, interview the Clubs and make a final determination whether or not each of the BFA's Full Member Clubs were compliant with the Club Licensing Regulations.
The BFA's Club Licensing Program is part of the global initiative established by FIFA and is a requirement implemented by CONCACAF. The Club Licensing initiative is aimed at improving the standard of club administration and to bring about a professional approach to the way clubs operate so the ultimate aim is to better serve their players, coaches, members, their communities and Bermuda as a whole. It is vitally important that standards for the proper management of clubs are implemented but more importantly sustained over the long term.
Mark Wade, President of the Bermuda Football Association took the occasion to thank the clubs for embracing the objectives of the Club Licensing program. He stated that with the clubs embracing the program shows that they believe in developing and improving their modus operandi for the good of football. It also shows the value in togetherness with the understanding that football as a whole can only be strong if each club works toward a common goal of sustained development.
The presentation of the Club License by no means signals the end of the Clubs obligation to the program. BFA General Secretary emphasized that it is only the beginning to ensure sustainability which will aid the clubs with long term success. In this regard, the following protocols will oversee the continuance of the program going forward:
The Association is pleased to have implemented this program and to make the first presentation of Licenses but will continue to work with our clubs to assist with their evolvement both on and off the field for the greater good of the game.