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C-Licence course sets pace for further development

The C-Licence course ended on a high on Friday for the participants and the instructors after a successful 5 days of training and interchange which benefited both sides of the floor. It was an intensive program that covered 8 hours of theory and practical sessions each day.
Didier Chambaron, the technical instructor for the OFC C-Licence course, also spent time working with the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) technical department to discuss a program for more courses in the new OFC accreditation scheme to be held here in the future.
The follow up to the C-Licence course will start as early as next year. Chambaron announced before his departure that SIFF technical department has agreed for 2 more OFC C-Licence courses in 2012. After that higher level courses will be held. Solomon Islands first go at the OFC B-Licence course is expected in 2013.
Chambaron described his in Honiara week as a successful one and he is confident that the training has been valuable for the participants.
“It was a successful week for me on a number of levels. The course has delivered training for the coaches and I am confident that with the program we have for them will help develop them to be top coaches,” Chambaron said. “It was exciting to work in Solomon Islands because you meet a lot of people who are dedicated to and passionate about football.”
Meanwhile participants have heaped praise on the C-Licence course describing it as an eye opener and stepping stone for them.
One of the participants, former Solomon Islands international Batram Suri, said that the course has introduced him to the world of coaching.
“This course has really opened my eyes and made understand the beauty of coaching,” Suri said.
The same sentiments were shared by Barnabas Loloito who also took part in the course. Loloito said that the instructions from the program was excellent and the material was really helpful.
“From day one this course has been captivating for me. I really learned a lot which will help me deliver quality training for my players,” says Loloito who is the physical trainer for Telekom S-League club, Real Kakamora.
“The instructions and the practical sessions really drive home the concepts and I look forward to similar courses in the future. I am excited about what the new OFC accreditation scheme has to offer us coaches in terms of development.”
SIFF general secretary, Eddie Ngava, thanked the participants and Chambaron saying that football in Solomon Islands has grown this week due to the commitment that both parties have made.
“On behalf of the president of SIFF, I wish to congratulate all the participants for taking part in this invaluable education program for coaches. I am sure that at the end of the week your knowledge and understanding of coaching has been grown considerably,” Ngava said.
“I also wish to thank Chambaron and OFC for supporting football development in Solomon Islands with the C-Licence course.”
Two more coach education programs are scheduled to take place in the country before the year ends. A women’s coaching course will be held in November and that will be followed by an FA course in December.

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