Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021. 9:38 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The registration deadline for D License coaching course for women in the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is kicking off at the end of the month is this coming Sunday, March 21.
FFB Communications and Marketing Director Yashmin Juan said the course starts on March 31 on occasion of International Women’s Month. She said it is an FFB course which will set the foundation so that when the Concacaf-sponsored courses are given, our coaches already have some preparation going into that.
The course which starts on Wednesday, March 31, will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays finishing on April 28. The sessions will have a duration of two hours from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening.
“We think this is a very important and needed step due to the current number of licensed coaches in the country,” Jonathan Hooper, FFB’s Head of Coaching Education, said. “At this moment in time we have around 218 male licensed coaches and only 43 female licensed coaches with some areas and some districts only having one or two females who are licensed.”
“This is open to women countrywide,” Juan said “The FFB saw the opportunity right now to enhance and improve and have more courses with the pandemic and everything that’s going on. We’re doing the best that we can with the resources that we have available and opening the opportunities to as many people as we can.”
The course, which will be imparted by Hooper will be theory-based and will include the following topics: coaching the game, the ABC of football, principles of the games, small-sided games, reading of the game, session planning, and technical drills.
“An FFB D license is aimed at grassroots coaches giving them all of the basic skills and techniques that they will need to help develop young players,” Hooper said. “Whilst the course is aimed at the grassroots, it is possible to use all of these principles and apply them to any age group and if you’ve never done a coaching course before it will greatly improve your ability to run and organize sessions and develop players.”
Hooper said the course is limited to 30 participants and that due to COVID-19 restrictions the first part of this course will be online. He added that the FFB will offer the course regionally later in the year as well.
“I want to take this opportunity to really encourage any females involved in football, perhaps people who have previously been players, people who are coming towards the end of their playing career, or people who just want to learn more about coaching and develop in the game to take this opportunity to sign up for this course,” Hooper said. “The course is going to be delivered for free and all you have to do is submit a form of interest by the link on the FFB’s Facebook page to show that you’re interested in joining this course.”
Other than that, women interested in the FFB “D” License coaching course may call Hooper at 613-5562.
“I’ve got a great team who are going to help you, give you all the knowledge that you need in order to become a “D” level licensed coach,” Hooper said. “I really hope that you take advantage of this opportunity, you get involved with this program so we can see more female teams developing, more female coaches out there on the pitch and we can grow the female game at all levels from grassroots to elite level.”
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