MONDAY, APRIL 30: The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) said it was forced to cut staff after Government “significantly reduced” its funding.
BFA president Larry Mussenden issued a press release on Sunday, but did not give the particulars of which jobs have been lost. He said the staff would be made redundant as of May 31.
Mussenden said: “Several years ago the Bermuda Government awarded the Association a grant amounting to $3 million per year for a period of five years which enabled the Association to expand its operation both in terms of infrastructure and personnel.
“Unfortunately, that amount has not been realized and as such, the Government Grant funding was reduced significantly since 2009 to a level for the upcoming year that can no longer support the current employee levels within the Association.
“During recent meetings, the BFA’s Executive Council Members discussed the current financial status of the Association and the impact it is having on the operation of the Association at present and over the next year and beyond.
“After full consultation and examination of all the options, the Executive Council has taken the regrettable step of making some employee positions redundant as of May 31st, 2012.
“While the Association will not discuss the particulars of this decision we must state categorically that the decision in no way reflects on our staff members personally or their performance.
“It merely reflects the reality of our current financial situation. We wish circumstances were different so that this decision was not necessary.
“Looking forward the Association has begun the process of restructuring and realigning all job functions with the remaining staff as well as the Executive Council Members.
“There will be some challenges as we readjust programs, goals and objectives with the current level of Government funding and other resources available to football.
“We remain steadfast in our resolve to do all we can ‘For the Good of the Game’.”