Fifa youth course slated for November

NFA outlines plans

18 October 2021 | Sports

SPORTS REPORTER

The Namibia Football Association’s (NFA) youth coaching course will be facilitated by Fifa instructor Ulric Mathiot from Seychelles and will be assisted by local instructors Woody Jacobs and Collin Benjamin.

The NFA says youth development is key in the development of player pathways in the country and that the course is part of the NFA strategic objective in streamlining the coach education pathway, which will assist in the development of players.

“Potential coaches will look at both theory and practice during the five-day training. The course is geared toward ensuring that youth coaches complete the various level in coaching in a systematic manner.

“The course will ensure that the potential coaches are equipped with the necessary skills to impact empowerment, diversity and build capacity at the club and regional level,” reads the statement.

The identified coaches were nominated through set criteria via consultations of regional technical experts, while regional leadership structures were responsible for verifying the involvement of the said coaches in the active development of youth in the region.

Acting technical director Jaqueline Shipanga said they are looking forward to ensuring that there are well-equipped individuals who can take care of the needs of young players as they grow with the game of football.

“Our focus and commitment towards development should be unwavering. The course has a limited capacity of thirty participants and as such those that did not make it to the list should look forward to another youth course in January 2022 partnering with the German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund', DOSB) with former NFA technical director Klaus Staerk as one of the instructors coming to Namibia.

“The course will mainly target youth coaches and in particular physical education teachers who are football coaches and tertiary education students specialising in sports management and human movement studies and thus strengthening collaborations with Namibia School Sports Union and Tertiary Institutions Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia.

“I would like to call on those interested in the course in January to apply in advance by submitting recommendation letters from club owners, regional leadership, regional coordinators, NFA instructors and regional technical experts,” Shipanga said.

The registration fee for the FIFA course will be N$400. This will include three meals per day additional training attire, medical services and course materials.

Another upcoming course will be the Fifa intermediate goalkeepers’ course that will be from 22 to 26 November. Only national team, Namibia Premier Football League, Women Super League and Top 10 first-division goalkeeper coaches will be invited. Coaches are expected to be in good physical condition when attending courses.