The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) recently announced the appointment of its new Technical Director, Bruce Swan.
BFA Assistant General Secretary Carl R Lynch Jr explained that after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Bahamas football governing body is keen to continue its investment in the growth and development of the sport in the Bahamas. soccer. Bruce Swan joins the BFA management from Grenada, where he played and coached with the Grenada Football Association League for over 20 years.
With a diverse coaching experience at different levels, Bruce is an IAAF certified coach and has also completed the University of the West Indies Football Executive programme. During his playing career, Bruce has also represented Grenada in former national teams, playing in their Under-15 and Under-20 national teams.
An educator by profession, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Sociology. He has taught at different school levels, but always having a love for the sport, has spent most of his career with the Grenada Ministry of Sports developing national and community level player development programs, running clinics and workshops and ultimately to improve the country’s sports programs.
“Now that I’m on the field in the Bahamas, I look forward to setting a pathway for players and coaches for the growth of the sport,” Swan said. “I believe my role is not to work directly with players, but to create the systems that will benefit their growth and development. With my inclusion, I hope players can see an improvement in their training programs. ‘coaching.
The appointment as technical director follows the recent appointment of Soraya Toppin-Herbert as the BFA’s director of women’s football, another indicator of the “return of football” in the country.
“There is only an upward trajectory for women’s football in the Caribbean. We benefit from the professionalism, resources and accountability that our governing bodies provide to develop the sport. With many countries having a dedicated women’s football development officer, we could only see the game continue to move forward,” Swan said.
“Furthermore, with the introduction of the CONCACAF Nations League and the Women’s Gold Cup, even more Caribbean teams have the opportunity to play against the best teams in the region, which creates more opportunities and improves the level of play throughout the region.”
Swan has already started working with the local football fraternity.
“The BFA has already taken the first step with the opening of its Center of Excellence for women and men. Then we will extend that to our girls and boys under 15 and under 17,” Swan said.
“For the sport to grow, it is essential that we broaden the player base, so we will work with schools and communities to establish grassroots programs for children aged 4-11.
“Additionally, we need to improve coaching at all levels, with an emphasis on coaching young people and will run coach development workshops and advanced coach certification courses.”
Pledged to spread the game of football across the islands, Swan says he brings from his hometown “The Spice Island passion we have for the sport to ensure football is played on all Bahamian lands.”
BFA Deputy General Secretary Carl R Lynch Jr welcomed Swan to the Bahamas and the BFA.
“We are delighted to work with Bruce to promote football as an enjoyable sport for girls and boys and ultimately to expand the game of football in the country,” he summed up.