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FFS lifts Coaching Profile

A coach’s passion and commitment, sporting background and skills together with their ability to pass on knowledge and experience is the foundation of building success within their team.
Taavale Tavita is a young talented woman from the village of Papaloloa who was recently selected as one of the two coaches for the FFS Centre of Excellence – Under 15 girls.
The Centre of Excellence is a new programme that was designed by the FFS Technical Department to train, mentor and maintain young football players in anticipation of selection as national representatives.
It is a key component in the FFS Technical Strategy which is primarily focused on the development of youth players. The current programme includes 30 boys and 24 girls that were selected from the FFS All Star Youth Representative league.
These youngsters get specialised training from the top FFS Coaches. Trainings are held twice a week at the FFS Grounds on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 3.30 – 5.00pm.
Taavale is 20 years old and currently attending the National University of Samoa. For Taavale, football is a passion that started when she was told by her mother to join her friend’s village soccer club at the age of 14.
A naturally gifted sportswoman, Taavale quickly adapted to the game of Football and from that time onwards has continued to enjoy the sport.
Later in her playing career, she formed close links with the Football Federation Samoa (FFS) as a volunteer and subsequently participated in FFS/OFC coaching courses for D and C coaching licences. She has also represented Samoa in the Women’s Under 20 Championship that was held in New Zealand in 2011.
Ms. Tavita says that it is a great honour but also a significant step with big responsibilities for her in taking on this role as this is the first time that she’s been selected as a coach for our development programmes.
However, she says that Football is her passion therefore she is determined to give the best of what she has to offer to assist in the development of the youngsters in this programme.
Taavale is also the Assistant Coach to the National Girls Under 17 team who will participate in the Oceania Championship in January next year.