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Hall taking up coaching

Ezra Stuart

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Outstanding former Barbados midfielder and captain Adrian Hall may be retired from national football but he is about to start a new career in coaching.
Hall, who has earned over 100 international caps during a sterling playing career between 1982 and 1998, leaves the island today to participate in a joint English Football Association (FA) and CONCACAF coaching course in the Cayman Islands.
Hall, 48, was chosen by the Barbados Football Association (BFA) for the one-week FA International Foundation coaching course which runs until November 25.
Each country in the CONCACAF region was asked to send one coach to the course.
“I want to help with the development of the youth and get my coaching experience by working under a qualified technical director.
“After gaining the necessary experience, I would then go into coaching senior teams but my objective is to deal with the juniors,” Hall, who has coached youngsters at the Barbados Soccer Academy for three years, told SUNSPORT.
“I feel that I have the knowledge of the game and experience as a player to work with the youngsters and teach them things that the coaches, who haven’t played at the international level, are unable to teach them.
“I would be looking to pass on my experience as a player, by telling them what to expect, what to do in particular situations when they are playing.”
He is no stranger to coaching as he was coach/player with out-of-season teams, Colombians and City Jammers after successfully participating in an Olympic Solidarity course conducted by Brazilian Jorge Ramos as well as two FIFA Futuro courses – the last under the supervision of Trinidadian Alvin Corneal.
BFA’s president Randy Harris said the association was embarking on a drive to get former national footballers become certified coaches.
“We are looking at a number of quality former footballers who are interested in coaching and the development of football,” Harris said.
He said others such as  former national captains Gregory Goodridge and Norman Forde, who had a coaching stint in Bermuda earlier this year, and Paul “Soup” Lovell were individuals who could make a contribution to the sport as coaches.
Harris said he was approached by the trio and he believed they, as well other former national players with a similar desire could make valuable contributions.