This was an opportunity for those coaching and for anyone willing to coach to get certified to coach children.
The grassroots football coaching course is designed to assist coaches, teachers and volunteers to provide appropriate and enjoyable football activities for children aged 6-12yrs.
CIFA development officer, and course instructor, Tahiri Elikana said the course was a success.
Elikana said he was surprised at the ability of the coaches in terms of understanding the roles and responsibility as a grassroots coach.
“Most of the participants were either players, or former players and I believe that they used that background of the game to help them learn to coach,” Elikana said.
Course participant Aramoana Mataroa on the final day expressed her gratitude, saying “meitaki maata to Tahiri Elikana and CIFA who provided this grassroots course. I am especially thankful that you provided us parents, bystanders and coaches with an opportunity to learn and understand different skills to teaching our kids and apply it to our coaching sessions with our clubs”.
One of the other participant said “it was fun, being a player I understood the game and I used my players perspective and applied some things that I knew as a player to learn how to coach, I tried to remember as much as I could from people that have coached me as well and tried to use those little things that I have noticed to design fun activities yet making sure that the activity relates somehow to football”.
“I found that I was applying more of a youth to senior attribute to my style of coaching and it took me a little while to realise it. Though now after reflecting back over the course I have a fair idea of how I will apply my new-found skill to young children,” another participant added.
The Cook Islands Football Association is thankful to all participants for the hard work and attendance. The association will be holding more coaching courses this year.
A youth football coaching course will be next and it will start on July 8 at the CIFA Academy in Matavera. Anyone wanting to participate is welcome to contact CIFA on 28980 to register.