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A new initiative to kick off football program

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jun 29, 2013

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The people who oversee football in the country are now looking at a new approach wanting to expand play and create more opportunities for Bahamians.

This latest initiative will force the various leagues to build a federation and bring more organization to the sport. Football is being played in New Providence and in Grand Bahama.

“There’s a bigger picture and if we want to safeguard the sport we will need to put a systematic approach in place,” said Jayson Clarke, affiliate in the Bahamas Flag Football League.

“What’s been happening now is we’ve been getting some attention from international collegiate and professional coaches and scouts from various leagues. So now that more people are coming down and our players are getting exposed, we desperately need to put something in place.

“That is why a systematic approach is needed. If we put in a system that is workable, then we will know when coaches and scouts are coming in.

“That will help us get the players prepared and then we will know exactly who to bring out. Instead, we are on a wait and see system hoping that people will come down and view our talent.

“That’s hard on organizers and our players. I think the camps that are held here are intended to help the guys get prepared both physically and mentally.

“Right now we are striving to do so through our partnership with the attacker league, as well as the formation of a federation.

“So, when something with football is going on, all arms and bodies are aware of what is happening and we can spread the word out to our teams and we can take advantage of the opportunities. But we do need a systematic approach so all of the current and future opportunities can be explored. We don’t want to be so last minute with our approach in terms of preparing our teams or players.”

The next football camp to be held in New Providence is the As One Foundation Devard Darling Football Camp.

That two-day camp will run July 12-13, at D.W. Davis.

Darling, the former professional football player, will host the camp free of charge for all local players between the ages of 11-17.

All campers will be provided with full gear, shirts and beverages. The camp will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. everyday.

 


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