Coaches of all levels benefited

Cayman’s coaches have just improved
their qualifications with another invaluable course.

Twenty-one coaches successfully
completed the FIFA and Cayman Islands Olympic Committee Youth Coaches Course
which was hosted by the Cayman Islands Football Association.

It was held at the Family Life
Centre and the Truman Bodden Sports Complex recently.

The course was con-ducted by FIFA
instructor Alvin Corneal from Trinidad, and the group consisted of new and
seasoned coaches.

The course lasted for one week and
involved classroom and outdoor sessions.

Corneal said: “I am pleased to
report that the organisation and management of this course was excellent. All
aspects of the programme were dealt with efficiently and effectively.

“Sincere thanks to Alastair Kay for
his out-standing job in handling the programme, with the assistance of Beverly
Melbourne, Mark Campbell and Winston Blackwood and to Carl Brown for his
spontaneous input.

“I am extremely thankful to FIFA’s
technical and education department for allowing me to serve in this capacity.

“Many thanks to the CIFA for the
success of this project and may the coaches begin the process of spreading the
information which they received during the past week.”

President of the CIFA, Jeffrey
Webb, joined the chairman of the CIOC Don Mclean for the closing ceremony and
assisted in handing out the certificates.

Webb expressed his association’s
thanks to the CIOC for their partnership with FIFA to make this programme
possible while encouraging the partici-pants to make every effort to use the
knowledge they gained during the course to improve the quality of football in

The course was tailored for youth
league coaches, and will focus on the technical aspects of coaching, along with
the development of youth players.

It was attended by new youth team
coaches such as Shenel Gall, Ramon Sealy, Nikolai Hill, Syd Parson, Jeremy
Welcome, Nicole Ebanks, Lanie McLaughlin, Tiger Wilson, Clifton Ricketts,
Theron Wood and Kirk Rowe.

It was conducted under the Olympic
Solidarity programme, and was designed to provide a standardised level of
training to coaches around the world. It also provided an excellent opportunity
for those involved with youth teams to receive formal training by a FIFA expert.