The All India Football Federation is currently organising a five-day online refresher course for the Coach Educators in the country via video conferencing. The course that got underway on Monday, June 22, saw former AIFF Technical Director and current FIFA and AFC Coach Educator Scott O’Donnel, and FIFA and UEFA Football Technical Consultant John Peacock conduct two sessions of the refresher course.
While Monday’s lecture by O’Donnel was on ‘Teaching and learning and how to deal with Adult learners’, Tuesday’s session with Peacock was on ‘Development and trends of football’, where the coach instructors were shown clips of various top teams on how their approach towards the game has changed in the modern day.
The course is being attended by AIFF Technical Director Isac Doru, Head of Coach Education Savio Madeira, along with 17 coach instructors from all across India – Gumpe Rime, Parthasarthy Tulasi, Caetano Pinho, Jeddy Almeida, Richard Hood, John Kenneth Raj, Joshua Vaz, Uttam Singh Negi, Shakti Chauhan, Pradhyum Reddy, Dinesh Nair, Goutam Ghosh, Thomas Joseph, Bijish Ben, Shekhar Kerkar, Sajid Dar and Mariano Dias.
Welcoming everybody to the day’s session, Technical Director Doru said, “As Coach Educators, we must accept the knowledge that we get day-by-day. Learning footballing knowledge and facilitating the exchange of ideas are two of the great qualities that Coach Educators must have. Let us carry that forward and keep accepting new knowledge every day.”
In the coming three days, the next three lectures are set to be delivered by former India head coach and current AFC deputy technical director and head of Coach Education Wim Koevermans (Understanding human behaviour), AIFF technical director Isac Doru (Youth development concept specific to our football environment), and UEFA Coach Educator Paul Smalley (Priorities of a Tutor and dealing with conflicts).