Over 20 Coaches attended the first of a series of three sessions of the BVIFA Level 11 Coaching Course, presented by Technical Director, Marcos Falopa, at the FA Head Office.
The Course is designed to improve on both the communication with and education of all the FA’s Coaches and enhance the pathway into further qualifications for those keen to give back to the game.
To Launch the programme, which runs every Wednesday, both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch, FA President, Andy Bickerton asked those present to utilize Falopa’s experience and be ready to put back into the game “we are in problems right now, especially in the Primary Schools as we don’t have enough Coaches, those we do have are spread too thin and we are losing the quality of our programmes. So, what’s been happening is that we have been running courses for people who haven’t given back, so what I would like to emphasize is that we really need you to stay involved”
The FA pays Coaches to work in the Schools Football Programme.
The programmes that the FA wants more and more Coaches for is Grassroots Football in the schools, which are open to any boy or girl of any ability to learn the game.
“what we are doing” concluded Bickerton “is looking to provide the Community with a means to put their kids into programmes and keep them off the streets and out of trouble, so please come back and contribute”
Marcos Falopa also welcomed the attendees and laid the Foundation for the Course, which is split over three Wednesday’s to include Theory such as the Principles of Coaching, Technique, Planning, Small sided games, Warm Up’s and Tactical Games.
“I’m here for the challenge and very pleased to see how many Coaches registered for the Level 11 Course. You will all learn something over the duration, no one knows everything and even if you only learn ten per cent then the course will be successful”
Falopa also went to explain the Methodology of Coaching, the Importance of Coaching Education, the Establishment of Grassroots Programmes and how everything fits together to improve Football in Schools and the performances of National Teams
The sessions continue this Wednesday 3rd May at 4.30pm at the F.A. Office