| Khairil Hassan |
THE fourth AFC ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Course opening ceremony was held yesterday at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House.
The guest-of-honour NFABD’s General Secretary, Hj Muhd Zamri bin Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani officiated the opening of the course.
Fifteen local coaches and a coach from Spain are taking part in the course organised by NFABD. This will be the first of many other coaching courses conducted throughout 2015, such as another ‘C’ certificate course as well as a ‘B’ certificate course later in the year.
The ‘C’ certificate is the basic entry to becoming a licensed coach recognised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is aimed at developing coaches’ basic understanding of techniques and skills in football where an opportunity to learn how to organise, direct and conduct basic coaching practices.
An assessment will be done on the coaches’ practical coaching abilities and knowledge of the ‘Laws of the Game’.
The course will take 13 days to complete, which is 85 hours of lessons in practical and theoretical led by Coaching Instructor and Technical Director of NFABD, Mike Wong Mun Heng and his assistant, Stephen Ng Heng Seng, who is also the senior staff coach at NFABD.
Hj Muhd Zamri said in his opening remarks that in the NFABD Football Strategic Plan (2013) which was well endorsed by FIFA and AFC for the development of football in Brunei Darussalam.
“One of the top priorities is to develop quality coaches so that these coaches can further go out to develop players. We have targeted to develop 60 ‘C’ certificate coaches for 2014 and equipped all of them with proper football education and know-how.”
“Currently the NFABD’s head coaches in the development programme have at least AFC ‘C’ certifcate. In short, the Coaches Development Programme is very important and as part of the football development as a whole.”
“The NFABD believes that with a structured youth development programme assisted by the qualified coaches in our Coach Education Programme, we will progress to raise our football standard to compete in future regional and international competitions.”
“We can only build a strong and sustainable national ‘A’ team, if we have a strong youth development programme, which can produce quality youth players. This can only be achieved if we have a base of good quality coaches that we are in the progress of building.”
“Currently, under the Grassroot and Youth Football Development Programmes, the NFABD has U12, U14, U17 and U22 teams. Therefore we can look forward to a broad base of quality players to form the national ‘A’ team in the near future.
The NFABD no doubt has invested a lot in these programmes and hopefully the national teams that the programmes could produce will be more competitive in the future competitions, including the next Suzuki Cup 2016,” the Secretary-General added.
With effect from 2015, all head coaches involved in the NFABD DST Super and Premier Leagues must attain a minimum of AFC ‘C’ certificate and the head coaches of the NFABD DST Super League must attain AFC ‘B’ certificate with effect from 2016.