Secondary Schools League certifies its coaches

Coaches participate in first ever TTFA ‘B’ License course

The Secondary Schools Football League is coming off a series of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Coaching License courses in which over fifty coaches assigned to schools in Trinidad and Tobago have participated.

The programme, sponsored by Coca Cola, has been running at Carapichaima East Secondary and continues with the start of a TTFA C License Preparation course on Monday. The courses are being conducted by Anton Corneal, a FIFA development officer and grassroots instructor.

“Just the idea of the Secondary Schools League hosting these courses and allowing their coaches to participate in the C and B License courses gives them a lot more information and in-depth training for which we are hoping will benefit the schools and the players that are coming through that part of the system,” Corneal told TTFA Media.

Secondary Schools League President William Wallace commented: “We are extremely pleased with the response and the feedback of the courses so far. The participation level has been very encouraging and the League would like to specially extend its gratitude to Coca Cola for supporting this initiative of coaching development through coaches education.”

Some of the areas covered in the courses included match situations, training energy systems, coach’s roles and functions, dealing with players, particularly those players that are coming with more information on the game as compared to the past; Personality of the Coach; Management Style; Periodisation (Weekly and Monthly cycles); Long term planning, Practical coaching; Analysing of games; Prematch situations, half time situations and post match situations and more.

Course participants undergoing the B License exam last week.

So far, thirty three persons have completed the ‘B’ License which is now the highest level being offered by the TTFA and was the first course of its kind to be staged in the country,  fifteen coaches participated in the “C” license and another twenty nine will start the C Prep on Monday.

Some of the coaches who participated in the ‘B’ License include former T&T Under 17 head coach Shawn Cooper, Leonson Lewis, National Women’s Team duo Ahkeela Mollon and Ayanna Russell, Dunstan Williams, Gerrald Elliot, Gilbert Bateau, Marvin Gordon, Dennis Lalla and Paul Decle among others.