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Women’s coaches learn the ropes

The course was conducted by FIFA instructor Beverly Priestman, who is based in Auckland and works as the women’s football development manager for New Zealand Football, and was attended by 23 participants.
VFF chief executive officer Fabien Hoeppe was present at the opening ceremony of the five-day course and expressed his appreciation towards OFC and FIFA for arranging to hold such a course in Vanuatu.
He also emphasised the important of the women’s game around the world and reminded everyone that FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter once stated that “the future of football is femine”.
OFC was represented throughout the week by Emmie Sope, who was pleased with the number of participants and the interest shown.
Sope still feels that more women need if the female game is to be developed further throughout the Pacific though.
“We must get more women involved,” she says. “Hopefully, after this course the participants will see fit to impart their skills and knowledge to other women.”
The D-License is part of OFC’s recently-introduced coach license accreditation scheme, which aims to give coaches in the Pacific a clear pathway to the top.
Based on extensive research, the new scheme outlines the necessary requirements for coaches to progress from a ‘D’ Licence to an ‘A’ Licence and covers all levels of the game including grassroots, youth and senior football as well as futsal and beach soccer.
For more on Vanuatu football go to www.vanuafoot.vu

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