Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Youth Development Officer (YDO) Eddie Rukumana has had started his 2019 nationwide programme with a grassroots coaching certificate course Choiseul last week.
A total of 29 aspiring coaches took part in the course which three were females and 26 male attended the grassroots coaching certificate course from 27th to 28th of February 2019 at the capital of Choiseul, Taro.
Rukumana said he was impressed with the interest shown by the participants since it was first of its kind in the province.
“In our morning session we did a bit of theory and in the afternoon we went with some practical aspect of the theories we have learned,” he said.
“All the participants enjoyed the interactions a lot during group discussions and practical sessions.
“All the grassroots coaches received their MA Grassroots Coaching Certificate after the two days coaching course, and Lauru Football Association (LFA) also equipped the coaches with balls for their development programmes”.
The MA Grassroots coaching course was made possible through SIFF Technical Department with the support of LFA.
As part of the on-going strategic plan of SIFF, developing of more coaches from the grassroots level is the way forward since most of the country’s players started playing from the village level. Rukumana will deliver another grassroots coaching course next week in Isabel province.
“I am heading to Isabel next after the Isabel Football Association (IFA) has requested SIFF to do a MFA Grassroots Coaching Course for their aspiring coaches in Kia,” the former Solomon Islands international said.
Last month, SIFF had appointed full-time Youth Development Officers (YDOs) to work with its Provincial Football Associations (PFAs) who will do the ground work in their respective provinces.