Attendees Praise GFF Online Coaching Seminar

The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has successfully held its first online coaching seminar, ‘Introduction to Coaching’, with the aim of enhancing its coaching development ahead of a possible resumption of football and the course has received positive feedback from some of the attendees.

According to a statement from the GFF, the online program has been designed to integrate as many potential coaches into the federation’s national coaching philosophy and journey.

The forum, which lasted several weeks, included 24 hours of training on coaching methods associated with the 6-12 age group, a component targeted by the GFF’s field initiatives.

GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood, alongside Head of Coaching Education and Development Lyndon France, Head of Youth Development Bryan Joseph and Coach/Mentor Sampson Gilbert were the course administrators.

Greenwood explained: “The GFF is fully committed to improving the standard of coaching through structured and consistent education as we prepare for the return of play following the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He added: “We have a huge pool of talented and passionate coaches around Guyana – the key is to provide a clear path for development so they can all reach their potential and then produce better quality players for our clubs and national teams.”

France, in brief remarks, said: “We continue to encourage our regional associations to provide as many coaches as possible to receive this essential training, so that we can build on the excellent progress we have made so far. present to improve training standards at all levels. of the game,” he said.

The online course, which has received 61 registrations from aspiring and practicing coaches across Guyana, provides a basic foundation for coaches to progress to the course and Concacaf License ‘D’ qualification – the first level of certification recognized professional, the statement said.

Meanwhile, former Golden Jaguars international Dwain Jacobs of the East Coast Demerara Football Association said: “Attending this introductory course has strengthened my determination to develop as a coach. My main focus as a coach was at the tactical level, but now I have a holistic view of being a coach.

Linden Pickett of the Georgetown Football Association said: “This is my first training program with the federation and it did not disappoint. I learned key points that will help me become much better than I already am. This could only have been done through the federation.

Additionally, East Bank Demerara Football Association participant Orin Angoy said: “After these last few sessions, I am better equipped to stick to my session plans and be more patient with the players. Support from GFF webinars and coaches – they have guided me all the way and they still guide me. »

To date, the GFF has facilitated the process of obtaining Concacaf “C” or “D” licenses for 51 coaches, which is part of the entity’s national coaching policy.

“The GFF plans to run courses for ‘D’ and ‘C’ licenses this year, as well as goalkeeper qualifications, fitness workshops and child protection training for coaches in the coming months,” the statement added.

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