A total of 119 coaches from football institutes, schools and colleges participated in the workshops, with experts providing them with in-depth insight into specialist areas
Soccer coaches from across the country have applauded the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports initiative by hosting a series of online workshops with qualified experts to improve their understanding of various aspects of their role. Image courtesy: RFYS
Soccer coaches from across the country praised the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) initiative by hosting a series of online workshops with qualified experts to improve their understanding of various aspects of their role. Four workshops, organized in association with the Indian Football Coaches Association (AIFC), took place last month with coaches from the East, South, North and West zones participating in sessions spread over three days.
A total of 119 coaches from football institutes, schools and colleges participated in the workshops, with experts providing them with in-depth insight into specialist areas such as the expected code of conduct towards parents, referees and colleagues; create an impression through appropriate behavior and effective communication; how to impart life skills to their wards such as discipline, respect and personal control; the intricacies of player scouting; how to plan training sessions with clear objectives and discipline while creating a positive environment; and how to protect children under their care from physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and financial exploitation.
For most of the coaches who attended, it was a rare opportunity to interact with some personalities in Indian football. Among the guest speakers who shared their vast experience with the coaches was former India international Raman Vijayan, who played for renowned clubs such as East Bengal, Mahindra United, Dempo and Mohammaden Sporting and was also an assistant coach of the ISL Delhi Dynamos team. Another former India international Naushad Moosa, who currently leads Bengaluru FC after similar stints with Mumbai FC, Air India and Pune FC over the past 10 years, led a session, as did Thangboi Singto, assistant coach and manager. technique of Hyderabad FC.
Sanjoy Sen, AIFC director and youth leader and assistant coach at ATK Mohan Bagan, was also a guest speaker.
Zacharia Khatal Anal, a trainer at KL Bajoria College in Shillong, said he was able to learn from each of the topics covered and was confident in passing the knowledge on for the benefit of his students. Another coach, L Prem Samuel Raj of American College Higher Secondary School in Madurai, believed that such sessions will broaden the knowledge base of many young coaches at the local level.
Sudhakar D of Greenwood High International School, Bengaluru, admitted he had an aggressive streak when looking after his wards and vowed to instill a “more polite approach” in his approach from now on. Mudasir Bashir, coach at Delhi Public School in Srinagar, described the experience of attending the workshops as “phenomenal”.
“I am very grateful to RFYS for organizing quality workshops to improve the knowledge of Indian football coaches, and more importantly, I am grateful to the chair coach educators,” said Bashir. “The only thing I would like to attend is a workshop that deals with the challenges faced by specially disabled players. “
Among the experts who led the sessions was Gumpe Rime, a former Indian footballer who played for reputable clubs such as Mahindra United, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC Salgaocar, Vasco and Shillong Lajong. Rime is currently the goalkeeper coach at Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) academy in Navi Mumbai and also holds multiple licenses from AIFF and AFC.
Shailesh Karkera, who previously worked with the Dempo Sports Club as a senior team manager and field coordinator and was also manager of the Indian U-17 national team, was also among the educators. Karkera, who is currently responsible for youth development at FC Mangalore and also AIFF match commissioner in addition to being a senior AIFF instructor, believes such workshops are extremely important in building a training structure. solid at ground level.
“It comes down to one point, knowledge is power,” Karkera said. “The training of football coaches, in almost every aspect of football today, has become so much more scientific and so much more analytical. Research papers are written every day and they evolve as we speak. So we absolutely need coaches who can keep up to date with all these updates, who have a working knowledge of the latest trends and the latest tips to get the most out of your players.
“RFYS is one of the major stakeholders in Indian football today and being so heavily involved in grassroots football it will definitely be beneficial if everyone comes together and we start having more conversations like these to stimulate the development of Indian football, “he added. “I believe that everything is interconnected and that it is a long-term project. It will probably take a decade or more to build the ecosystem with a country of this size, but we’ll get there from the bottom up. “
“The session was full of enthusiastic coaches and the level of interaction was very encouraging, they chose to participate in the discussion rather than just listen to what the educator had to offer,” said Rime. “With this kind of initiative we will definitely see more coaches signing up to improve their knowledge and in this process we will have more coaches to enter grassroots football. We can then reach more children and start training them from the start. “
As the field football activities have not yet fully resumed across India due to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, the initiative was in line with RFYS ‘goal of continuing to have a positive impact on the ecosystem through upgrading the skills of physical education teachers, upgrading infrastructure, and engaging programs. community. More workshops of this type are in preparation to allow more coaches to access advice from experts in the field.