The OFC C- License Coaching seminar was held from September 10 to 14th at the PNG Football Academy in Lae involving 24 coaches of which three were female coaches.
The workshop was facilitated by Technical Director of Oceania Football Confederation, Mr Didier Chambaron. Mr Chambaron said that coach development is a long-term activity taking up to ten years. The workshop was very important as it will prepare the next generation of PNG coaches.
PNG Football has identified coaches from its member associations for development. They will take back to their respective clubs the knowledge gained at the workshop.
Coaching includes understanding and managing the behaviour, educational and psychological needs of players. Coaches need to understand these disciplines so they can prepare their teams fully for the increasing demands of the modern game.
In addition to organizational and scheduling tasks, and the supervision of technical, tactical and physical aspects, the coach’s responsibilities also include communication, team management, health and dealing with the media.
In the top clubs coaches may take on responsibilities for club management, administration, finance, transfers and player administration. The work of the coach is similar to that of a company CEO, responsibilities that go way beyond mere football knowledge.
Balancing technical, physical and general management responsibilities is a major challenge for modern coaches. Successful teams are the result of qualified, dedicated coaching professionals.
The workshop introduced coaches to techniques to understand and manage these challenges and new responsibilities.