Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President ag., Franklin Wilson,
visited the Scotia Bank/Pepsi School Football Academy coaching course at the Ministry of Education Sports Club ground on Carifesta Avenue, yesterday morning.
Wilson addressed the participants at the programme being conducted by United States-based Coach Stanley Harmon. In his brief remarks, Wilson said that the Academy had a lot of fruits to reap since its establishment last year (2011). Some of the females players who were a part of the Scotia Bank/Pepsi Football Tournament in 2011 were a part of the Lady Jaguars U-17 National Team he pointed out.
Wilson related that coaches in Guyana lack the necessary communication needed to make the bond in the sport, “Traditionally in Guyana and this is something we need to change, coaches do not really communicate with each other because everybody wants to win, while that is good, winning individually or from a club standing point or from a national level is stagnated and does not makes any sense,” he said.
He added that he would like to see coaches interacting after games and networking together to share information on the sport to educate each other.
Wilson went on by highlighting that Gordon Brathwaite is one of the best national coaches at the junior level in football in Guyana and advised the other coaches to tap into Braithwaite’s reservoir of knowledge on the sport.
He further added that the fundamentals of the sport must start at an early age in youths since they are the future of the country. In other countries the age of development in the sport starts at the age of 6, which continues throughout their school life whether female or male; the Ministry of Education has a vital role to play in the development of sport in schools.
Wilson, concluded saying that coaches are required to be fit to conduct both verbal and physical training sessions to their players while training is being conducted.
The second training session which was conducted by the United Stated-based coach contained both visual and practical sessions, where the teachers/coaches added to the wealth of valuable information they learnt from the previous session.
The visual session, educated the teacher/coaches of the different injuries and treatments players can attain during training sessions and games along with the nutritional foods that players should eat.
The practical segment saw Harmon, demonstrating to the teachers/coaches the various goalkeeping techniques.
Today will be the final day for the coaching course at the same venue from 9:00am, a presentation ceremony will be held for the teachers/coaches to show that they participated in the 2012 Scotia Bank/Pepsi Schools Academy coaching course and are certified.
Meanwhile, the official opening of the Scotia/Pepsi Schools Football Academy will take place next Tuesday February 7th, 2012 at the Ministry of Education Sports Complex at Carifesta Avenue. (Juanita Hooper)
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