Good read: Andrew Bascome and Henrik Schroder examine Jacques Crevoisier’s Coaching Handbook for Bermuda. The book was published this week and copies are available for $50 each. *Photo by Don Burgess
Good read: Andrew Bascome and Henrik Schroder examine Jacques Crevoisier’s Coaching Handbook for Bermuda. The book was published this week and copies are available for $50 each. *Photo by Don Burgess

FRIDAY, JUNE 3: Jacques Crevoisier’s Coaching Handbook for Bermuda is finished and available for coaches.

The legendary French coach was hired by the ABC Football School to help raise the standard of play in Bermuda.

Three additional books to be published are playbooks for age groups Grassroots, U12 to U14 and finally U16 and over. These books will provide coaches with a road map and instructions for how to layout and conduct an entire season based on a progression based system from age seven up to 18. They will be available over the course of the next 18 months.

Crevoisier stresses that young players need to be having fun at their training sessions, because if the children are not enjoying themselves they will quit the sport or not give it their all.

He also advocates that young players should be training 40 weeks a year.

The book highlights the Bermuda style of player, which include having good technique and players being at ease with having the ball, but also some negatives such as players being too emotional and impulsive.

Crevoisier says a specific style of play for Bermuda’s slender players would include a mixture of the Spanish style, which have the technical and tactical ability and the French for the physical and mental aspects they bring to the game.

ABC Football director Henrik Schroder said some of the challenges local coaches are facing, are not unique to Bermuda.

“The evolution in society is affecting football. People sometimes tend to believe that the kids are unruly or disobedient, but Jacques says that’s not just happening in Bermuda, it’s happening everywhere.

“Society has changed. You can no longer tell a child what to do without giving them clear instructions and telling them why. If they don’t understand, they most likely will not do something. Their attention span is now very short because of Game Boys and other technologies. It’s a problem in the western world. That means when you put together an activity it has to be fairly short.”

Coaches, parents or anyone who has an interest in football, can order a book by going to www.abcfootballschool.com.

The book is illustrated by award-winning photographer Ras Mykkal and was edited by Gayle Gorman and Henrik Schroder. ABC Football School thanked, Endurance Speciality Insurance, Conyers Dill and Pearman, Gibbons Group of Companies, BELCO, Bank of Bermuda Foundation and the Bermuda Government for helping provide the funds to publish the book.