Mr. Neville (Bertis) Bell is the youngest of six brothers who attended St. George’s College. Two of his brothers, the late Jackie Bell and Russell Bell have themselves made significant contribution to the school.
Me. Bell migrated after fourth form to Canada where he studied marketing and played semi-professional football. In 1986 he would return to Jamaica after the tragic death of Jackie, to run his business. In a very short time, he managed to start two parallel successful careers as a football coach and a media practitioner.
His first coaching assignment was with the St. Jago High School Manning Cup team. He would return to his alma mater in 1988 to 1994, winning the Manning Cup in the 1991 season. His greatest impact though was in his second and present stint spanning 2005 to 2012. He won both the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 he won the Triple Crown – Manning, Walker, and Oliver Shield; for the second time in the school’s history. The team won all their games except one which ended in a draw; a performance considered hard to match in the history of schoolboy football. As we read, he is again threatening to take the 2012 Championship.
His impact on the school has been immeasurable both in terms of school and on opportunities that have opened up for players. Under his watch, twenty-one football scholarships have been awarded to students to attend the University of the West Indies or American Universities.
Mr. Bell was the coach for the Jamaica National Under 20 team from 1988 to 1999. He has been the youth caoch for the Harbour View Football Club and did a brief stint as the coach of Portmore United. His present project is the establishment of the Winchester Park Football Academy.
As a media personality, he is known for his laid back style and unpredictable comic outbursts. A sports analyst, sports presenter and morning time television host, Neville Bell has become a much loved household name.
The St. George’s College community salutes Mr. Neville (Bertis) Bell for his outstanding service to the school.