NFABD hosts Players Educational Programme for junior footballers

Fadhil Yunus

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) through the Grassroots Development Unit organised the Players’ Educational Programme 2019 at the Games Village recently to equip the junior players with the right set of tools ahead of any regional meet.

The five-day programme taught the young participants, mainly under-12 grassroots players, the fundamentals of football.

The programme was led by Head of Grassroots Football Development Haji Rozaimienizam bin Haji Jainal. Twenty-eight players were called in for the training camp and subsequently to identify 16 players to make an appearance in Vietnam from January 7-14.

Fitness testing is paramount to any competitive footballer and the young players were given a closer look first hand as they were introduced to screening, vertical jump, 30m sprint, beep test, agility, and reaction.

John Selby-Sly of Sport Medicine and Research Centre conducted the session at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex during the first day of the programme. He also facilitated a session on an introduction to physical preparation training.

Besides the team building activities in the outdoor and indoor areas of the Games Village, the young participants were guided with the correct methods of warming up with the essence of a warm up also highlighted.

After the warm up, the young participants learnt ball mastery and combination play.

Among the highlights of the programme were the transitions from defend to attack and the art of defending as well as a mini tournament.

The young participants also paid a visit to DPMM FC where the club shared on their experiences, which also opened up opportunities for a question and answer session.

The programme concluded with a session on evaluations and closing ceremony at the NFABD House.

The junior participants in a group photo. PHOTO: NFABD