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180 coaches complete interactive AIFF GK Introductory Certificate Course

Participants of the AIFF GK Introductory Certificate Course. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)
Participants of the AIFF GK Introductory Certificate Course. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)

The fourth Goalkeeping Introductory Certificate Course was conducted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) from December 18-20, 2020, where Mr. Gumpe Rime and Mr. Raghuvir Khanolkar were the two Instructors.

A total of 30 coaches participated in the latest edition, taking the total number of coaches to have completed the course to 180 and according to AIFF Head of Coach Education Mr. Savio Medeira, the interest shown by the participants has been ‘incredible’.

“The interest they are showing is incredible and it shows a lot of coaches do want to know about this specialized position. We have focused on making the courses interactive for the student coaches – to discuss their issues and the challenges they are facing. This makes it better for the participants and allows them to know more about the role of a goalkeeper,” he said.

Mr. Medeira, a former Indian senior national team player and head coach, added, “We did not expect to start this course online initially but we did so because of the pandemic situation. Now, we also have to work on keeping the coaches who have completed the course in the system, which will help produce better goalkeepers and goalkeeping coaches in the future.”

One of the two instructors for the course, Mr. Gumpe Rime stated that the participants have been ‘very interactive’ over the course of these workshops and that there have many ‘positive changes’ as a result of this initiative.

“The participants have been very interactive and with every course, we can see a lot of improvement. The way people are responding to this course is very encouraging for us and it has been growing continuously. We never expected such a response at the start but once we kicked off this course, the way the people have responded is huge,” he said.

He continued, “In goalkeeping coaching, we can see a lot of positive changes and people are understanding the value of goalkeeping coaching. Targeting coaches at the grassroots level is definitely having a very positive impact.”

The 30 participants in the course were as follows:
Yoginder Pal Bhasin, Penugonda Ravi Kumar, Penugonda Surendra Babu, Thulasi Raman, Hemendra Pratap Singh, Neeraj Vijay Sharma, Deepak Dattu Kamble, Lakshya Beri, Lalit Thapa, Abhishek Goswami, Mohammed Saleem B K, Anoop Kumar Tiwari, Rohit Aroli, Bijoy Sonowal, Jayesh Ramlal Kanojiya, Tubin S, Rizwan Khan, Nirmalkumar Hargovindbhai Malhotra, Md Danish Ahmad, Ravi Kumar, Deepak Bhatt, Abhilash Singh, Gobinda Majumder, Deependar Meena, Jitendra Singh Chauhan, Phurbu Tsering, Nishad Gajanan Mandalkar, Altafkhan Tahirkhan Pathan, Kavi Tha Ran, Baby Josh TS.

(AIFF Media)