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Spanish Wells now with soccer flavor

Sports Scope
  • Abner Pinder solidly behind soccer program.

FRED STURRUP
Guardian Columnist/Sales Executive

Published: Apr 19, 2012

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Historically, the land jutting out of the Atlantic Ocean, just off the northern end of Eleuthera, is known as St. George’s Cay. More popularly, it is called Spanish Wells. The community of Spanish Wells is synonymous with fishing and its pristine appearance.

The incredible business concept of the residents, and the clean, fresh, lustrous, almost spotless appearance of the buildings and the general landscape, affords visiting observers a template that the rest of the nation would do well to emulate.

Indeed, Spanish Wells sits resplendently as a superlative sector of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

There is still more to Spanish Wells, however.

Yes, indeed there is. A profound sports angle is gradually attracting attention and broadening the scope of the tranquil island. Almost overnight, a team emerged and captivated the Bahamas Baseball Federation at the turn of the decade of the 2000s. The Spanish Wells Divers won the national championship in 2005 and became a diamond fixture in the country.

Now, there is another sporting element surfacing.

The sport of soccer is taking hold in Eleuthera. There is a Haitian community with a heavy concentration on soccer. In Spanish Wells though, and Harbour Island there are signs that indigenous Bahamian youngsters have a distinct feeling for the game as well.

A field clinic conducted in Spanish Wells earlier this year demonstrated that as with baseball, the potential is certainly in place for soccer to enjoy a high level of vibrancy. BFA officials, Vice President Fred Lunn and Technical Director Paul James, were impressed with the raw talent displayed by the young Bahamians during the clinic.

A few naturals were observed. Some of the young players seem earmarked for stardom when on the ball offensively and also while defending. For me, what was especially notable about the occasion of the clinic at the park in downtown Spanish Wells, was the interest shown by parents and community leaders. Abner Pinder and others were enthusiastic about seeing the youngsters get into the early development process under the scrutiny of Lunn, James, international star Lesly St. Fleur and fellow national team member Darron Beneby.

The Spanish Wells community is noted for being driven to success.

Undoubtedly, a new sports discipline will now be embraced by the community.

In the not-too-distant future, perhaps a national championship team from Spanish Wells will emerge.

To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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