The workshop was made possible through support from FIFA and will see acting England women’s head coach and England U-23 women’s head coach Brent Hills and English FA coach educator and player development consultant John Allpress bring their expertise to the region.
OFC women’s development officer Nicola Demaine says it is fantastic to be able to call on the experience coaches like Hills and Allpress to help develop women’s football in Oceania.
“One coach from each of OFC’s Member Associations will attend the workshop with the expectation that they will learn new skills that can then be applied back in their country,” Demaine says.
“All of the participants are youth national team coaches from U-15 to U-20 with the workshop aimed at teaching them about preparing a team for, and managing a team at, tournaments.”
Hill’s background has seen him coaching at clubs ranging from Millwall and Watford to Fulham. He has a his MSc in Sports Coaching, is an FA Coach Education Diploma holder, UEFA Pro Licence holder and has Level 5 Psychology in Football.
Allpress has had an equally impressive coaching career at district, county and international level. From 1997 to 2000 he worked at Ipswich Town in the academy prior before going on to re-join the FA in 2000. He coached England U-16 and U-17 until 2006 when he started to develop and roll out the FA Youth Award and Advanced Youth Award ahead of his retirement on 30 September.
Allpress now runs his own coach and player development consultancy with clients that include Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He is a tutor for the UEFA A and B Licence.
Using theory and practical approaches, the pair will address a range of topics from the four corners approach to football fitness and nutrition while also addressing the issues faced by coaches in their own environments.
The English FA Youth National Team Coaches Workshop is being held 15-17 November 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The FA instructors are coming as part of the MOU with the English FA and will be travelling on to Tonga where they will conduct a Women’s Youth Coaching Course from 19-22 November.