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Rarotonga youth coaches upskill

A FIFA Youth Coaching course is being held in Rarotonga this week.

FIFA Instructor Giovani Fernandes had to mix things up at this week’s FIFA Youth coaching course at CIFA Complex, Matavera after a specific request from Cook Islands Football Association.

Eighteen coaches have been taking part in a customised course with content adapted and designed by Fernandes to meet CIFA’s unique needs.

“We aim to enhance the participants’ knowledge of the game in this workshop through an extensive programme of theory and practical sessions,” Fernandes said.

“By the end of the course coaches would have been equipped with the right tools to prepare, deliver and evaluate suitable training sessions for youth teams,” he added.

Fernandes has taken the participants through three main areas of coaching from understanding player development, to coaching approaches and age appropriate development.

“With the motivation of our participants I am certain we are going to achieve our course objectives and they will have grasped the concepts around long term player development and understanding the role of the coach during the match.

“The expectation for me is that the coaches absorb as much information as possible and apply effectively the principles they have learnt into their training sessions,” he said.

The FIFA Youth course started on Monday afternoon and will continue through to the end of this week.

For more on Cook Islands football visit www.cookislandsfootball.com

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