MATTHEW TOWN, Inagua — If Inagua is the best kept secret in The Bahamas, then soccer in Inagua is the second-best. That was until last week when the children on summer break were introduced to the game by Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Force Chief Petty Officer (FCPO) Bursil Daxon and his fellow marines along with assistance from the Inagua All-Age School Physical Education (PE) Department.
FCPO Daxon was transferred to the base in Inagua from New Providence four months ago, where in his marines capacity, he also served the community as the head coach of the Dynamos Football Club’s under-13 girls program. As soon as he got to the base, he saw an opportunity to engage the youth in the community by introducing them to soccer. He contacted the offices of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) and requested assistance. The BFA followed through and the equipment requested.
FCPO Daxon got assistance from fellow marines Able Seaman (A/B) Ritchie, Woman Marine (W/M) Russell, W/M Thompson, W/M Pearce and Marine Seaman (M/S) Williams. Additionally, they got the support of Inagua All-Age Principal Nishgo Bain-Collie, PE teacher Tara Lindo and volunteer Mr. Jones.
With this team behind him, FCPO Daxon ran a week-long soccer camp. The children turned out, took part in the fun sessions, and in the end, they got a personal soccer ball each to continue practicing what they learned during the camp. FCPO Daxon said: “The kids were very eager to learn, they are very athletic.” He said he saw the potential for further growth on the island. FCPO Daxon returns to New Providence next week, but will certainly keep in touch with the progress on the island.
With the implementation of the FIFA Football 4 Schools project, a new program brought forward by FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) will continue to assist by having its technical department visit the island in an effort to continue to give the children in Inagua an opportunity to develop in the sport.