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Youth coaching course ends successfully

The course was made possible by the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA). ADRA met the travelling and accommodation costs for the participants in Honiara.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Technical Development Officer, Noel Wagapu, conducted the course.
According to Wagapu the course covers the basics of football coaching and is targeted at kids level to youth level football coaching.
The areas covered in the course include playing techniques, injury prevention, tactics, fitness training and player conditioning.
Wagapu explained that since there was no assessment conducted in the coaching course no accreditation will be given to the participants.
“The participants will only be issued with certificates of attendance instead of a accredited coaching certificate under SIFF coaches accreditation system,” Wagapu said. “This is because the theoretical and practical exams could not be conducted for the participants.”
It is understood that funding provided for the course participants’ stay in Honiara only covered 3 days. However, 4 days were required to complete the course with the assessments included.
Nevertheless, the organizers and participants were satisfied with what the 3-day course has achieved.
SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava commended ADRA for supporting the course saying that ADRA is contributing to bring football to the population of Solomon Islands.
Ngava also thanked the participants of the course for taking the initiative to request ADRA to assist with the funding of the course.
“I want to thank you for standing up and taking the initiative to be part of football,” Ngava said to the participants. “Football is a tool for building individuals, communities and even the country itself and you have taken a positive step for yourselves and your people.”
ADRA Project Manager Judd Clark admitted that this is the first time for his organization to sponsor such an initiative and encouraged the participants to use what they have learned in their communities.
“You can change your community through football or you can use what you’ve learned here in other things (besides) sports,” Clark said.
A representative of the participants, Harrison Ono, thanked ADRA and SIFF for supporting their request with the basic football coaching course.
SIFF assured the participants that their names will be considered for future accredited coaching programs if they become active coaches in their communities.
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