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FIFA coaching course underway

The week-long course is administered by FIFA instructor, Giovannia Fernandes, who is based out of Auckland, New Zealand. Also supporting Fernandes are local Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) B-Licence candidates Gideon Omokirio, Moses Toata and Patrick Miniti.
Speaking at the opening, Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president, William Lai, highlighted the role of coaches in football development.
“The key to success in matches is down to coaches and their philosophy and efforts. Hence, the overall success of football is really with the quality of coaches working in our clubs and communities. This course aims to make you better coaches at the end of the week so that Solomon Islands can be more successful in football,” says Lai.
The course aims to re-affirm coaching principles introduced in a similar MA coaching course held in Honiara in 2015. This followed discussions between the OFC and SIFF technical director, Henry Fa’arodo Jnr., concerning the course content which concluded that local coaches needed to review some of the key material presented last year.
Thus, the current course expands on the relation between training and matches – one of the most fundamental areas of coaching. It is anticipated that at the end of the course local participants will be able to have a better understanding of designing training sessions for matches.
More than thirty participants based in Honiara and the provinces, including two women, are attending the course which has a special feel to it. This is because quite a number of the participants will be returning to their home provinces to lead their representative teams to the Solomon Cup in June.
The Solomon Islands national team, currently, in camp for the OFC Nations Cup tournament, are also benefitting from Fernandes’ presence working with head coach, Moses Toata, and his assistant, Gideon Omokirio.
This is the third FIFA course to be held in Solomon Islands this year and several more are due before the year’s end.
FIFA’s and OFC’s continued efforts to support development in Solomon Islands were acknowledged at the course opening.