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FIFA course educates youth coaches

The course was conducted at the Cook Islands Football Association headquarters, commencing on Monday, 28 April following a welcoming address from CIFA General Secretary Mii Piri.
“The course was aimed to give tools for coaches to prepare, deliver and evaluate suitable training sessions for youth,” Toselli says.
“The focus has been placed on ‘cues of the game’ for a player-centred approach. It is key that coaches understand the principles of the game and design sessions that suit or fit their players and environments.”
The five-day course, which concludes on Friday, covers theory sessions, group activities, physical and tactical demonstrations and practical sessions.
“This week’s course has been intense and I am very pleased with the participants’ involvement and their level of contributions,” Toselli enthuses.
“During the coaching process the candidates were required to deliver daily practicals with youth players ranging from 13/14 to 15/16 years old. We would give feedback and evaluate sessions all together as I find this the most effective way.”
The coaches will now be more equipped for the progression of youth and providing the tools needed for those passionate about the game to continue along the pathway.
A former player in France and Spain, Toselli completed a Master’s Degree in Sports Training and embarked on ten year coaching career in the USA before arriving in Oceania.
He joined OFC as a coach-mentor supporting the OFC Technical Department and the technical departments in Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa for the past two years.
With his extensive playing and coaching background and enthusiasm for fostering and growing the game of football around the region, CIFA have expressed their pleasure at having Toselli onboard in the Cook Islands.
For more on Cook Islands football go to www.cookislandsfootball.com

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