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Quality coaches will assure PNG’s football future

Local football coaches will now have the opportunity to play an active role as professional coaches in the development of football after having attended a five-day coaching course at the PNG Football Academy in Lae from December 5-9.

A total of 20 participants from around the country went through the Women’s Coaching Course conducted by English FA regional development officer Marieanne Spacey and England Women’s goalkeeping coach Keith Rees.

The opportunity to have Spacey and Rees visit Papua New Guinea came thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding between OFC and the English FA.

The course aims to develop the coaches from local member associations to help them meet international standards and for them to be able to help the players improve with the knowledge and skills they have gained.

The participants have now been equipped with the necessary coaching skills and knowledge essential for building towards the future.

They have also been putting those skills into practice with children identified through Just Play schools around Port Moresby.

For all of these people, football represents passion, pleasure and fascination. It is part of their everyday lives, as well as being their favourite leisure activity.

While some of them have made football their profession, for others it is a vocation.

Coaching will prove just as valuable for instructors in the women’s game as it will for those working in men’s football.

The workshop covered topics as wide-ranging as technical skills, tactics, physical fitness, goalkeeper training, psychological and mental aspects of the game, as well as planning.

This instruction manual will therefore form an important component of FIFA’s instructor and coaching courses.

FIFA’s motto is ‘For the Good of the Game’ and FIFA coaching will undoubtedly play its part in making the beautiful game even better and even more attractive.

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