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19 new football coaches


19 new football coaches

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FORMER BARBADOS?striker Kenroy Skinner,  his Youth Milan teammate Ramon Greaves and Weymouth Wales’ Premier League captain Julian Mottley are among 19 new football coaches who successfully completed a one-week FIFA?men’s beginner’s coaching course yesterday.
The course was conducted by FIFA?instructor Rodrigo Kenton-Johnson of Costa Rica and involved theoretical morning sessions at the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA)?headquarters in Wildey and practical afternoon sessions at the neighbouring Wildey Football AstroTurf.
Kenton-Johnson said he was extremely impressed  by the interest shown by all the participants.
“It is a very aggressive plan to get all the coaches  of all CONCACAF areas and obviously the Caribbean involved. Barbados has a lot of young coaches that are very interested in developing the game. They have great potential. They have a lot of strengths and as young coaches, they have the interest and motivation,” Kenton-Johnson told SUNSPORT.
“We tried to give them all our knowledge in technical and tactical aspects, running through match analysis, going through observation of games and talking about the technical importance in young kids,” he said.
“I hope that in six months’ time, these coaches can give me a report of what they did in their different communities and that each of them can partially reproduce this programme.
“The most important thing for me is that when  the participants finished the course, they achieved something new that they can put in their team  and use it as another tool to develop the game,” Kenton-Johnson said.
However, he said there was a need for coaches  to be provided with the necessary equipment to carry out their duties.
“What I think they would need is more equipment and balls. You need more footballs. To work with young kids, you definitely need to have a lot of footballs.  Each kid is supposed to have a football and that is very important. Also, you need equipment like bibs,  cones and all these different things to help the coaches and it would definitely make the job easier for them.”
The participants also included Ronald Allman, Rodney Barrow, Antonio Boyce, Richard Bynoe, Fitzgerald Carter, Allan Daniel, Ramon Greaves, Christopher King, Nicholas Maitland, Pedro McClean, Anreco Ramsay, Cassius Taitt, Gregory Thompson,  Troy Thorpe, Jabar Williams and Wayne Williams.
A five-day women’s coaching course will start tomorrow and run until Friday at the BOA. It will be conducted by Andrea Rodebaugh of Mexico.