BVIFA Trains Next Generation of Football Coaches

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

New General Secretary , Paul Hewlett addressed the next cadre of more than 20 hopeful soccer coaches last Friday, February 5th, 2016, as the F.A launched its Raising the Standards Campaign ahead of the second Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) “D” License programme.

“Our World Governing Body, FIFA and CONCACAF” commented Hewlett “are moving towards standardizing minimum levels across all Member Associations and their member clubs. So it is of upmost importance that we all understand our roles within such a framework, including the Coaches pathway”.

Becoming a CONCACAF qualified Coach, according to Hewlett not only opens doors on opportunity and further education , but also, as the FA is moving towards only utilizing qualified Coaches, employment in some of their many Youth development and National Programmes.

BVIFA President, Mr. Andy Bickerton, was also on hand to address the participants, mentioning that as football becomes more and more structured in its approach, investment in young people will begin to reap benefits on the regional and global stage.

“Having more and more qualified coaches will only make players better prepared, play at a higher standard and position them to gain the rewards for hard work” he stated.

The next stage of the CONCACAF “D” License is the First Aid Course, facilitated by the Red Cross which takes place on Saturday 13th February from 9am until 2pm, at the BVIFA Head Office at the Botanic Station.

It is a half day course and is mandatory for those wishing to gain the “D” License.

Practical and Theory Coaching begins on Thursday February 18th and runs through until Sunday 21st when the participants will be tested on what they have learnt over the previous three days, including principles of attack and defense, small sided games, age appropriate training, session planning and technical training and knowledge of the Theory of Coaching.