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Grassroots Course: A Success

This course is designed to teach coaches on how to teach and coach children between the ages of 8 and 12 on how to play football. Over 20 coaches and players involved in Football participated in the course.
We are very pleased that OFC has decided to conduct this course in Samoa. This course will be very beneficial to the development of the sport here especially at the junior level. If we want to have a good National Team we need to start developing the players at a very young age. Its also great to have two instructors here who have can share their vast Football experience which the course participants”. Commented FFS CEO Fred Young.
The course was conducted by Colin Tuaa and Didar Chambaron. Tuaa is the former CEO of the Football Federation Samoa (FFS). He has coached a number of age group teams in New Zealand as well as Club teams. He was also the first Samoan person to represent New Zealand National team the All Whites. He is also the ‘Just Play’ technical coordinator at OFC.
Chambaron who comes from France, played as a defender in the French third level. For the last four years he has worked extensively as a coach in New Caledonia and as technical director. He also won a gold medal as coach of New Caledonia during the 2007 South Pacific games, which was held in Samoa.
A lot of contains for the course involved participants putting into practice the theory they have learned from the instructors. As course participant Maria Tamalelagi explained: “This course is very helpful to me since what I learn in the classroom I have to than put in practice when I am coaching children. What is also good is that during the practical session with the children the instructors were than able to give me some positive feedback ”.
Tuaa mentioned that he hoped the participates had a greater understanding as a result of the course “I hope the participants now understand how to work with children which is obviously different from working with elite player’s . I also hope the participants leave the course excited to maybe pursue a coaching career. More importantly for Samoa to develop the game there has to be good coaches that have the ability to work with young children”.

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