FRIDAY, OCT. 19: Catlin has renewed its sponsorship of the Bermuda Football Association’s National Academy Programme.

Catlin contributed $35,000 to help run the programme. This is the second year the insurer has backed Bermuda young footballers.

Mark Wade, chairman of the player development committee, said: Last year with the support of Catlin we were able to completely outfit our National Academy players with uniforms and kit bags.

“This year we continue that aspect of the partnership in addition to introducing some new initiatives.”

One of them is a Goalkeeping Academy.

National Academy director Richard Todd, said: “This a weakness. There are probably only a handful of clubs who provide goalkeeper training.

“What we’re trying to do is provide regular training for our goalkeepers.

 Todd said 16 to 20 keepers have attended the sessions that have been held so far.

There will also be age specific weekend mini camps where National Academy players attend several mini camps once a month to receive a short intensive period of training under the Academy coaches.

Week long mid-term school break camps, including one next week, will see Academy players receive coaching from visiting coaches who will, deliver a camp syllabus.

The first week-long camp will be held October 22 through 26 with the theme of ‘How We Play.’ Coaches from Spanish Club Valencia FC will provide instruction specific to how Bermuda’s National teams will approach matches.

The Second week-long camp will be held from February 11 through 15, 2013.