Cavalier FC History
Cavalier Football Club was formed in 1981 by Richard “Dick” Wilson. Then the National Coach of the Bahamas, Wilson noted the absence of a viable youth programme to sustain the growth and success that football in the country had during the 1970’s. He prepared a 10-year plan for the Bahamas Football Association that focused its attention on the establishment and maintenance of a youth training and development programme that would continually produce disciplined young players with a high degree of individual skill. Having delivered his plan to the Administration of the BFA, and not receiving the kind of support that he felt was necessary for its success, Wilson set about to form a club comprised of young, high school players to prove that the plan could work. The club joined the senior men’s league in New Providence in 1979, and with two senior players, Coach Wilson and his assistant, Queen’s College teacher Gavin Turner, the team comprised of high school players from around the island did battle with the country’s best.
The trial period for the club was to last two years, during which time the team faced many defeats. The discipline that was being instilled in them on the training grounds of Queen’s College and R.M. Bailey was taking its root, however, and the club, and its players persevered. The 1982-83 Soccer Season was to be the turning point for Cavalier FC, as the club’s efforts finally started to bear fruit. After a strong run at the league title, but falling short, Cavalier FC met up with Beck’s Bears FC in the finals of the Knock-Out Cup. Three first half goals, two scored by assistant coach Gavin Turner and the third by Anton Sealey was all Cavalier needed to claim its first of many titles. Since that year, the team has won numerous league, Knock-Out Cup, President’s Cup and more recently Bahamas National Championships titles, making it one of the most successful clubs in Bahamian footballing history. The team has also produced many Bahamian internationals, and during the FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualifiers, the starting lineup that defeated Anguilla for the Bahamas’ first ever World Cup Qualifying victory was virtually completely comprised of Cavalier players.
Wanting to continue the trend of developing young, talented Bahamian players, senior Cavalier FC members established the Cavalier FC Soccer Academy in 2000. Starting initially with only 23 members, the youth club’ membership has grown to in excess of 150 members, with more players registering every week. The club’s commitment to being the best in the Bahamas and following its own motto of “Building Character Thru Sports” has lead to a concentration of efforts to ensure that the players receive proper training in the sport, and discipline and other valuable life lessons during the time that they are with us. Since that first team competed in the senior league of the 1979-80 soccer season in New Providence, the club now has teams competing in 7 & Under, 9 & Under, 11 & Under (boys and girls), 14 & Under (boys and girls), 17 & Under (boys and girls), senior men and women, and Master’s divisions in New Providence.
Cavalier FC will offer first class football training for male and female players from the age of 5 on through to retirement, keeping alive the dream that Dick Wilson had so very long ago.