Kathmandu: The AFC U-14 Festival of Football for South Asia kicked off with the opening of the ‘C’ Coaching Certificate Course in Satdobato, Lalitpur, on Thursday, a historic moment for Nepal who is hosting the event for the first time in eight years.
Seventeen participants from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the host nation are taking part in the ‘C’ Course conducted at the ANFA (All Nepal Football Association) Complex.
The 14-day festival incorporates various activities for aspiring coaches, referees, team head coaches, players and physiotherapists.
Speaking on the opening day of the coaching course, AFC Head of Youth Football John Whittle said that the next two weeks would be very important for the participants.
“The certificate itself is just a piece of paper but the knowledge you gain from the course is more important,” said Whittle.
“Listen to the instructor carefully, talk to him frequently as it ultimately benefits you,” he advised.
AFC Elite Coaching Instructor from Singapore Vincent Subramaniam has said that it has been the policy of the AFC to provide greater opportunities for coaches to develop their abilities to the fullest.
“The AFC not only wants to nurture the talents of youth coaches by providing theoretical and practical courses but also hopes that the participants share the ideas and knowledge with others while back home,” he said to the participants.
As an added incentive, Subramaniam has said that those who perform better during the course will be recommended for the AFC Project Future Coaches programme.
“Several appointments for the best performers have already been made in the past,” he further encouraged the young coaches.