Cricket

Blankendal set for top role at BCB

  • Cal Blankendal, centre, served as the assistant coach at Dandy Town last season

(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
  • Cal Blankendal

The Bermuda Cricket Board will announce Cal Blankendal as its executive director today, The Royal Gazette understands.

Blankendal, a former Bermuda Football Association vice-president, is expected to be unveiled at a press conference held at the BCB headquarters at Charities House this afternoon.

The BCB has been looking to fill the post created by the departure of Neil Speight, the former chief executive. The job first advertised on its website in February.

Although Blankendal has limited background in cricket, he does possess a wealth of experience in football administration through his former position at the BFA and established Bermuda’s Brazilian Football School in 2009. He is the BBFS chief executive.

A former Western Stars Sports Club president, Blankendal has served as the BFA’s youth committee chairman, youth technical director of North Village and youth director of Dandy Town, his boyhood club. He holds several football coaching badges and was Dandy Town’s assistant coach last season.

Blankendal has also been helping the development of the island’s student-athletes through the Bermuda Sports Management Group, which he set up last summer.

The “one-stop” resource offers life-skills training and assists in securing overseas scholarships, as well as finding employment after graduating.

According to the job description posted on the BCB website, the executive director will be responsible for the management and administration to ensure that the board achieves the aims and objectives as set out in its strategic plan.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration or sports management or equivalent, and must have experience working in national and international sports environments.