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Conyers sponsors Valencia football camp

September 2010

Conyers Dill & Pearman is delighted to announce its sponsorship of a football training camp run by top coaches from top La Liga side Valencia, which will send some of its coaches from Spain to Bermuda in October to run a training camp for some of the islands top young players.

The camp will involve around 180 young footballers, with the three top performers invited to the Spanish club to train. Coaches will also be invited to learn new drills and training techniques at the four-day camp, organized by Andrew Bascome’s ABC Soccer School.

Bascome said the Next Generation Football Camp, between October 15-18 at the National Centre, would be a great chance for young players to learn new skills and put themselves in the shop window with one of Europe’s top clubs.

They are going to select two boys and a girl to go back to Valencia and train with them for a week. It’s another training opportunity, but it is also a chance for someone to put themselves out there. We have kids of exceptional raw talent in Bermuda it is just a case of getting them the right information, then it is up to them to put the work in.”

Bascome believes the Spanish ‘pass and move’ style is ideally suited to Bermuda. If you look at the size of their players they are not really big, but they have found a way to play against giants and be successful. It’s a pass and move style and to do that right you need good coaches, you need football intelligence. We have to decide — do we continue to play long balls or do we find a more methodical approach that suits us better?”

He said the camp would be an opportunity for both coaches and players aged between seven and 16 to be exposed to the Spanish method. Invitations have gone out to all clubs and youth organisations to nominate players for the camp.

Each club would also be able to nominate two youth coaches to participate. Bascome added: “We stand to benefit greatly from the different techniques and plays that characterize European football not traditionally taught in Bermuda.”

Ross Webber, Global Head of Marketing and Business Development at Conyers Dill & Pearman commented, “When the concept of bringing the Valencia CF Next Generation Football Camp to Bermuda was presented to us by ABC Football School, we immediately saw it as a good fit with our holistic approach to sports. This is an amazing opportunity to expose talented young Bermudian players to one of the top football clubs in Europe. We see the children benefiting from the legendary ‘ Valencia style’ of coaching, learning from the professionals they look up to, and learning to appreciate the level of discipline and commitment it takes to become one of the world’s leading players.”

This article originally appeared in the Bermuda Sun and can be accessed here



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