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Nov 5, 2019

F.F.B. Holds Licensing Course for Football Coaches

The Football Federation of Belize is holding a ‘National D License Coaching Course’ throughout the country in November and December. The course for the Belize District kicked off today at the ITVET compound. According to the F.F.B., it is to provide coaches with the tools to improve the football environment and increase players’ independence. It is being facilitated by F.F.B. instructors. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty-four football coaches in the Belize District are taking a four-day ‘National D License Coaching Course.’ These participants represent experienced coaches who are active in grassroots football, as well as primary and highs school teachers who are working with school teams. They will sit in a room and learn how to plan their coaching and then they will go on the field to do some practice tests over the course of four days. After that, they will have to do a six-week exercise which will be assessed in order for them to obtain the D License. Football Federation of Belize instructor Elmer Pott is one of the facilitators.


Elmer Pott

Elmer Pott, F.F.B. Instructor

“We started early this morning with the D License Course which is for coaches to teach at the grassroots at level. We are covering with them, both theory and practical; basically how to go about planning and also to the execution part on the field.”


Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about the planning, what are some of the things that the planning would entail?”


Elmer Pott

“First of all, we have to look at the group of players that we are dealing with. The age range that we are concentrating on is from ages six to fourteen from the grassroots level. We have to also consider when we are planning, the equipment you need to use as a coach for training; what kind of training you are going to provide and also that it is oriented to your objective within the parameters of your coaching period.   We are going to guide them how to go about conducting the practical in terms of ensuring that they give the objectives to the players; ensuring that whatever they are doing is related to what they have in the plan. So, it is everything to be organized so that they can be successful at the end of the training session.   After those four days, the participants are going on a six weeks practicum whereby they are going to do their own practice and own planning, and after that we will resume for a next two days which will have the practical evaluations and also the oral evaluation.”


Coach Wilmour Staine is one of the participants. Although he has coached football for many years, Staine says that he still needs this kind of training to help develop the sport in Belize.


Wilmour Staine

Wilmour Staine, Participant (Warriors F.C./Barracks Road F.C.)

“Most of the things that they are teaching us are things that I know and my colleagues here know too. But what happens is the concept. I might tell the player freeze the ball or turn back the ball now you would call that press. It is the concept. Or you would use the word counterattack or the word attack. So, concepts are very important when you are talking about the sports so I think this is a big thing for me, although I have been involved in the game for a long time.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, there are still elements that you need to refresh up?”


Wilmour Staine

“Exactly so. These elements are very fundamental. So, when somebody hears me say press everybody knows what I am talking about. We are supposed to be on one page. I think that is very key for us if we want to uplift football. It is fundament that we train as many coaches in Belize so that football can progress because we just can’t only have the structure; we are supposed to have people on the ground with the proper training to carry out the task they are supposed to carry out.”


Pott says this D License course fits into the F.F.B.’s plan to improve football at all levels.


Elmer Pott

“What the F.F.B. has in plan is to uplift the level of football and the only way we can uplift something in the country is by putting into the resource. So, coaches are the main priority when it comes to the resource. If we have trained coaches then we will have better players and if we have better players then we can uplift the level of football in our country.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


The training continues for the rest of this month through to December across the country. For a full schedule of the trainings, you can contact the F.F.B.

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