Best foot forward: Regular competitions, like the Clyde Best Tournament pictured above, are the way to get young players to improve says new National Academy director Richard Todd. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Best foot forward: Regular competitions, like the Clyde Best Tournament pictured above, are the way to get young players to improve says new National Academy director Richard Todd. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7: Richard Todd has been appointed the National Academy director for the Bermuda Football Association.

Todd, the former technical director and coach of St George’s Colts, has also served as an assistant coach for the Bermuda national team to Kenny Thompson in 2008.

Mark Wade, player development committee chairman, said: “Richard joins the national programme and brings a great level of experience both locally and internationally.

“Earlier this year we had some workforce adjustments within the BFA and we’ve taken one of the portfolios from the previous director of player development and created a role of the National Academy director.

“Richard comes to us with vast experience both on island and off island. Most recently he’s been the technical director at St George’s and has been widely credited with some of the good things down at St George’s.”

Todd said: It’s exciting, honour and privilege at any time to be involved with the national programme as a player or a coach.”

Todd said his role would focus on the management and direction of the National Academy programme.

“I’m eager to get in and involved.”

Todd said his vision for the National Academy is improving the curriculum.

“That’s something that needs to be looked at and solidified a little bit more so there is vertical integration. That there are clear objectives that we understand at each age level and what to focus is we’re trying to develop with our players.

“There are challenges, in terms of funding, but finding games and meaningful competitions to help with the training aspects.”

Todd said he is seeking to have competitions that the Academy teams will know they will participate in every year.