Football coaching in Dominica gets a boost

by: - March 28, 2014
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(L-R): Jonathan Martinez, Lenny Lake, Etienne Sealy

(L-R): Jonathan Martinez, Lenny Lake, Etienne Sealy

Twenty five football coaches from across the island are expected to be more qualified and better prepared to coach their clubs, teams and students following participation in a CONCACAF training course.

This as the Dominica Football Association hosts the CONCACAF License-D coaching course which began on March 27 and will continue until March 30, 2014 at the Patrick John Football House in Bath Estate.

The course, instructed by Lenny Lake of St. Kitts and Etienne Sealy from Curacao, is to improve the coaches’ ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

It is a thirty-six to forty hour course designed for experienced coaches who have already earned a License- E.

“The staging of this coaching course is another step in ensuring that we raise the standard of football on the island,” DFA president Glen Ettienne said at the opening ceremony on Thursday, March 27.

Ettienne, who noted that the training marks the beginning of a milestone for the Association, said the DFA alone cannot improve football since this is a collective responsibility.

The coaches, he said, are ideally placed to assist the DFA in developing the sport hence the purpose of the training.

“The License- D coaching course is a step in the right direction as it is geared towards improving your qualifications, competence and skills as a football coach”.

Course participants

Course participants

“The more knowledge and skills that you gain as a football coach, the better positioned you are to make a difference since you will be imparting knowledge to those under your care,” Ettienne said.

He stated further that the objective of the course is to ensure that all the teams and clubs participating in the various leagues and competition under the auspices of the DFA have a certified coach on the sideline.

This is in line with the DFA’s goal to improve and raise the standard of football and “ensure that we have the right person imparting the correct knowledge. This is a feat we can all achieve together”.

The participants will join Ronnie Gustave, Egbert Jno Baptiste and Tamara Williams who successfully completed the License-D course in Grenada last year.

Sports coordinator in the Ministry of Sports, Trevor Shillingford noted that there is need for capacity building in sports as it is one area often overlooked.

“It is important that we as coaches, as sports administrators take advantage of the opportunities that are geared towards the upliftment or upgrading of ourselves. When this is done, our constituents will benefit,” Shillingford said.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Martinez CONCACAF administrator challenged the participants to take advantage of the learning opportunity as it “will be 100% worth it”. He also called on the players to challenge their coaches.

“I want you to challenge them [the course facilitators] push them, ask questions because they will challenge you, they will push you and they will ask questions,” Martinez said.

The DFA anticipates that it will be in a position to host the License-A coaching course here by 2017.

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