Local coaches aiming for the highest level

Two of Cayman’s most experienced football coaches are more qualified than ever after completing a course in Trinidad.

Elbert McLean and Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour coaches of the Cayman Islands National Under-17 and Under-20 team respectively returned to the island last week after undergoing intensive training in a FA Level 3 Coaching course at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Port of Spain.

This course forms part of an agreement between the football association and CONCACAF to assist in the development of football in the region and is funded by the FA’s International Development Programme.

Both coaches praised the Cayman Islands Football Association for their input in their participation in this very informative and educational course.

McLean said that he had no regrets going on the course and pointed out that he had done a lot of courses but none could be compared to this one.

‘This course was highly intensive and has opened up my mind to new ideas. It has made me a better manager in terms of coaching,’ McLean said.

‘I just cannot wait to take back this newly found knowledge to the youngsters to guide them into becoming better players. The class work was detailed and the technical aspect was extraordinary.’

Mclean singled out the phase of plays and focus aspects of the training as a new process adding that it was particularly interesting.

‘Overall everything we learnt on the course reflects back to the game. I can attest that the Cayman Islands will the see difference in my programme.’

Seymour was just as impressed by the course.

‘This course was not about qualification for me it was about development,’ he said. ‘I needed to develop as a coach in areas such as session organization, management, technical, game understanding and communication.

‘These principles are vital for someone who wants to develop as a coach; from my assessment of the course this was what I needed to improve my performance as a coach and a mentor.

‘I learnt how to use phase of play for my players’ development by using the coaching formula which involves different coaching styles.’

Seymour added that he was going try to set a better standard for himself while challenging and encouraging fellow coaches to do the same.

He also mentioned his intentions to form a coaches association which he needed CIFA to put into place as mandatory for coaches on the island.

This association he said would eventually lead to the origin of a CONCACAF coaches association as was mentioned by Jack Warner in his presentation as President of CONCACAF.

Both coaches have been active youth coaches on the islands for years and have touched the lives of several players who have grown to understand and play the game well.