PANAJI: The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) has successfully conducted two workshops for coaches, one in each district, to enhance and upgrade the coaches’ knowledge to help them better conduct match-related training sessions for trainees. It was held at GFDC Aldona Centre ground, Quitla, for the coaches from North Goa and at the artificial turf at Fatorda Sports Complex for the coaches from South Goa.
The workshop was conducted from 9am to 6pm and was well attended by over 70 coaches across Goa. The GFDC Chairman, Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, visited both venues during the four-day workshop.
This workshop was conducted innovatively under the supervision of India’s goalkeeper coach Mario Aguiar, who has an AFC A Licence in coaching.
The objective of this workshop was to enhance and upgrade the coaches’ knowledge so as to conduct and organize match-related football sessions for GFDC trainees. The topic was combination play focusing on wall pass, overlap and takeover. It consisted of different theoretical and practical sessions, including brainstorming sessions and group activities on dealing with kids of various age groups.
Coach Shri. Mario Aguiar said, “Coach Education is a key as it is said that better coaches make better players. This was a practical cum evaluation workshop. It consisted of dribbling and ball control from 8 to 10 years, passing and support play and heading for 10 to 12 years.
The GFDC Chairman, Bramhanand Shankhwalkar, opined that clinics held for coaches will refresh their minds, especially when it is after a long gap.
Shankhawalkar asked everyone to be professional yet friendly in their approach towards the young ones during coaching. He also thanked Mario Aguiar for the important input given to the coaches.