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FIFA coaching course praised

Held from 2-6 May this has been the third FIFA course in Honiara this year.
Every national soccer league club and provincial football Association has been represented on the course with 30 participants, including two senior female coaches.
FIFA Instructor Giovani Fernandes says he is delighted by the response of those who have attended.
“It is a privilege to be here and share our passion for the game with the course participants.
“It’s very rewarding to be able to collaborate with local coaches for the growth of the game in the Solomon Islands and I am humbled by their commitment to football.”
The programme has been designed to enhance the coaches’ understanding of the relationship between preparing training sessions and match performance.
Furthermore, the course is aimed at reaffirming the principles introduced in a similar coaching course held in Honiara last year.
Fernandes says it has also been important to focus on the specific needs of senior local coaches.
“We wanted to share the latest trends of the game along with the current situation of football in the Solomon Islands.
“Most importantly we were keen to reiterate the coaching process which will most definitely have an impact in terms of the coaches’ specific football environment.
Solomon Islands national team coach Moses Toata is among the participants and he says it has been beneficial to expand on the content from 2015.
“I am happy that we are reinforcing the knowledge we got from the course held last year.
“This helps us to take a step forward in the learning process and apply it on a daily basis.”
Solomon Islands Football Federation Vice-President and Malaita Province head coach Eddie Omokirio believes the programme’s focus on practical implementation has been particularly useful.
“The difference from this course to our previous experience is the practical application as it relates to coaching situations through the whole process from planning to evaluation,” he says.
“Coming from a provincial set up, the methodology and interpretation of the content fits in very well to how we perceive the practical realities of the game in our country.”

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