Fiji Football Association has around fifty qualified youth football coaches after the completion of the youth coaching certificate course last Sunday.

Fiji FA Technical Director Ravinesh Kumar said they were doing this youth coaching course around the country.

“First we had one in Labasa and this weekend (Saturday) we are running parallel which is here in Suva and Ba,”

“This youth coaching certificate course is specifically for the youth coaches who are currently coaching the youth sides in their districts,” said Kumar

Kumar said there was a lot of competition in the youth grade and these coaches would be there to help the districts.

‘We have U19 youth, U16 Boys and U19 girl’s teams and very soon we will start in U16 girl’s league and these coaches will work these teams and this will give them opportunity to coach a team.”

Kumar said they needed competent coaches in all the districts.

“I have noticed that the coaches who are coming for the courses and those who are coaching at the moment need empowerment, they need leverage in terms of coaching and now Fiji FA is assisting them with full knowledge.”

He said there was a lot of opportunities for this coaches.

“Some of this participants are coaching the districts teams now and for those who are not will have an opportunity to coach a team because we have a lot of youth teams now, “said Kumar

“This is especially important for those who are working at grassroots and youth levels of the game, as this is the key formative ages for the young players who will go on to represent their country. Increasing participation and enjoyment of the game will mean we have more players involved regularly with the game, which can only be done with enthusiastic and engaging coaches.

“More players involved in the game ultimately means there are more potential players for the national teams. All of the players involved must be offered the right environment for development, which has a greater chance of happening if we have educated and knowledgeable coaches. If we can get the Coach Education piece right, then it can continue to have a positive impact on the game in the country for years to come.”

“A lot of these coaches work with youth players and so in order to provide these youth players with the best environment to develop and further their knowledge of the sport and hopefully realise their potential in the game we had to provide a coaching course which reflects that.

“Hopefully from these courses being held around the country, the country gets the benefit of that by having more talented players in the national teams.”

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