After recently launching its Next Generation Project, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has already stepped out on the field to get the ball rolling, so to speak. Part I of its Inaugural National Coaching School “D” Licence Course was held this past weekend on April 25 & 26 at the Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Sport Resource Centre in Georgetown. A total of 20 candidates from various communities were invited to attend the course that addresses the philosophy and methodologies associated with coaching football to young children between the ages of 6-12, which FIFA refers to as “grassroots.”
The Lead Instructor, GFF Technical Director (TD), Claude Bolton, said he was enthused by the focus that the participants exhibited. “They were asked to set aside for a moment the ideas that they had about coaching and to be open minded toward theories that were to be presented over the 4 day course. They are being challenged and they are responding.”
Bolton also highlighted that as this D License is conducted throughout the various districts, the GFF Technical Staff will have an opportunity to identify coaches that could be utilized to help carry out other aspects of the Next Generation Project, such as leading the Academy Training Centres (ATC) that are to be established. Technical Development Officer, Lyndon France, also instructing the course, highlighted that the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) approach to sport being outlined by the GFF, “…is a commitment to embracing the latest scientific teaching and training methods.” Candidates were also afforded an opportunity to meet with Golden Jaguars National Staff Coaches, Jamaal Shabazz and Wayne Dover, who both pointed to the significance of creating this resource for Guyanese coaches.
Part II of the Inaugural National D Licence Course will conclude this coming weekend, May 02 & 03. Candidates will have a series of assessments that will determine if they have achieved the level. However, as Bolton is quick to remind, coaches that are not quite at the level required, will be given opportunities to mentor and prepare to be assessed again in the future.
The GFF NEXT GENERATION PROJECT is an initiative that simplifies and articulates clearly the next steps that are necessary for us to aid in the development of the next generation of player, coach, club, fan, corporate partner, Association, and Federation. This endeavor clearly places at the forefront of Guyana football development the areas of Grassroots, Youth, Women, and Coaching Education. It also, humbly, yet proudly, ascertains that such focus can also have a direct and positive social impact on our children, hence, our future community.
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