10 Footballers Complete Excellence Programme

July 29, 2014

During the HSBC Pro Soccer Clinic, held from July 7th to 11th, ten young footballers participating in the Clinic’s, ‘Bridge to Success Programme’ who demonstrated leadership skills and positive attitudes were selected by the coaches to also participate in the ‘HSBC School of Excellence Programme’.

The ‘HSBC School of Excellence Programme’, is aimed at developing young people’s social skills, helping them to overcome social obstacles and empowering them to be successful.

The players chosen to participate in the Excellence Programme, engaged in intense soccer and leadership skills training focused on developing their social and sports related skills.

They met each morning and worked on their physical fitness and soccer skills, leadership skill development and learned how to correct their own weaknesses.


Each player also had to complete a project on what they perceived to be an example of success by interviewing someone who demonstrated success in their eyes.

Some of the participants interviewed their own parents, while others showcased corporate CEO’s or athletes. Each player then had to give a one minute presentation about their project at the closing of the programme.


The 2014 HSBC School of Excellence participants are:

  • Jasmine Spence
  • Jefferson Milon-Gonzales
  • Akim Johnston
  • Záarion Darrell
  • Zach Foley
  • Jaki-Da Richardson
  • Jenico Sealey
  • Tyriko Williams
  • Josh Hardtman
  • Masiah Bean Brown

David Bascome, President of Bascome Enterprise, and founder of the clinic and HSBC School of Excellence Programme had this to say “The Clinic has brought great success to many. The structure and discipline of the clinic and consistently high level of coaching have made it very popular to players at all levels.

“The support that we have received from the community and HSBC over the last 22 years has been tremendous and greatly appreciated. This year, we were very pleased to include new leadership elements for the older groups, to help provide them with the tools to become more balanced in their social and sports development.


Mr. Bascome added, “The ten participants in the School of Excellence were chosen for their leadership capabilities, and I am proud of the work that they completed throughout the week’s programme. I am confident that they will take what they learned and apply it in their future interactions with their peers, families and the community”.


HSBC Bermuda has sponsored the Pro Soccer Clinic and School of Excellence Programme since inception.

Blake Hellam, HSBC Bermuda, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management stated, “HSBC was pleased to once again support the HSBC Pro Soccer Clinic and HSBC School of Excellence Programme.

“We believe that through sporting initiatives and programmes such as this, children learn the importance of teamwork, gain an understanding of the value of competition and experience firsthand how to apply networking and negotiating skills, while developing better focus and discipline.


“The programmes offer the participants more than just an opportunity to upgrade their football skills. It is a great platform for children to not only have fun but also to develop key leadership attributes that will later translate into positive personal and professional experiences for them and the wider Bermuda community.”

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