The National, Friday 26th April 2013
THE Papua New Guinea Football Association is embarking on a mentoring programme for coaches and elite players to meet international standards and to improve coaching skills and techniques.
Forty participants took part in the D-Licence coaching course that was conducted at Mosa, West New Britain.
A similar but C-Licence course took place last year in Lae.
West New Britain is the second province to receive the D-Licence coaching course, which offers the basics of professional coaching, theory and practical sessions where participants took part in drills and learnt tactical and technical techniques.
The course is designed to help train local coaches from each member association for the requirements needed to advance to C-Licence.
This is an introductory course conducted by the Oceania Football Confederation’s member associations to provide the region with the number of coaches required at the grassroots level.
It is designed to develop a basic understanding of safe, ethical coaching to provide local coaches with practical ideas for training sessions for players under the age of 12.
With the establishment of an academy planned in the country and with the help from the confederation’s vision of developing its technical staff, young, talented Papua New Guinean players will now be enhanced with the quality skills to be competitive on the international scene.
After the D-License potential coaches will be required to undergo the C-License course.
The idea is to give players the chance to experience an environment where not only do they train in the best conditions, but have the opportunity to study. The association said an elite academy workshop held in Lae was a huge success.