Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) conducted workshops for coaches – one in each district – to enhance and upgrade the coaches’ knowledge to help them conduct match-related training sessions in a better way for the centre trainees.

The workshop was held on January 24 and 25 at GFDC Aldona Centre ground, Quitla for the coaches from North Goa; and on 30 and 31 at the artificial turf at Fatorda Sports Complex for the coaches from South Goa.

The workshop was conducted from 9am to 6pm and was attended by over 70 coaches from across Goa. The topic was combination play focusing on wall pass, overlap and take over. It consisted of different theoretical and practical sessions which included brainstorming sessions and group activities on how to deal with kids of various age-groups. GFDC Chairman, Brahmanand Shankhwalkar visited both the venues during the course of the four-day workshop, which was conducted in a very innovative way under the supervision of India’s goalkeeper coach Mario Aguiar who has an AFC A Licence in coaching, states a press release.

“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 for 10 to 12 years, heading for 10 to 12 years,” said Mario.

“I also gave emphasis on improving the quality of first touch, defending play, attacking play 4V4, goalkeeper ball-handling and shot-stopping. We explained the responsibility and role of the coach,” he added.

The GFDC Chairman opines that clinics held for coaches will refresh their minds, especially when it is after a long gap. “I told everyone to be professional yet friendly in their approach towards the young ones during coaching. I thank Mario Aguiar for the important inputs given to the coaches,” said Brahmanand.


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