Official football training course

A training course starting in November will give interested persons an opportunity to become certified as a Cayman Islands Football Association licensed coach. Run by CIFA Technical Director, Professor Marcos Tinoco, the programme which is for nine days including two Saturdays is the beginning of an annual programme designed to take persons in Cayman through the three stages of football coaching licences.

This year participants will study and train for the ‘C’ licence, and while a new batch of beginners are to be taken in for the 2006 course, the graduates from the November exercise will enter the seminar for the ‘B’ licence. By the third year of the programme, those persons with the ‘B’ licence should become fully qualified coaches with ‘A’ licences.

Tinoco said that while there are many persons coaching footballers at all levels in Cayman, a number of them never formally received certification. He said the programme is open to officials at all football clubs and primary and high schools in the Cayman Islands.

Beginning on 8 November, classroom sessions of the programme run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for two weeks in November from 6pm to 8pm in the VIP Lounge of the Truman Bodden Sports Stadium. On Saturdays 12, and 19 November there will be field sessions at the stadium from 9am to 12 noon. The course winds up Tuesday, 22 November with an assessment.

The course covers over 15 study areas ranging from laws of the game, training methods, fitness, to evaluation methods, injury prevention, and ethics in sports.

The deadline for registration is today, 7 November, and interested persons can email Prof Marcos at [email protected] or fax 945-7673.