President of the Dominica Football Association (DFA) Glen Etienne has told football coaches who attended a 3 day E License coaching course that they are now well positioned to transform the football landscape of this country. “You have been equipped with skills and competencies to make a difference in the lives of those under your charge. The last few days have provided and excellent opportunity for you to horn your skills and build on your knowledge of football coaching,” Etienne said.
He told participants that the E License coaching course has provided a launching pad for their coaching career. “I am sure that the last couple of days provided an opportunity for some self –introspection as it relates to your ability as a coach. Look at the course as a new beginning for you as a certified coach. You have been ideally placed to move up the coaching ladder and you should not let any opportunity for that upward mobility pass you by,” Etienne stated.
The DFA Boss told the coaches that in order to benefit from their training they now have to go back to their teams and clubs and begin to do some serious work. “Work with the players so as to ensure that they have the right ingredients for success. The hall mark of a quality coach is seeing the continuous improvements in his players. Design your coaching sessions so that it may be enjoyable and fun for the players. Motivate them to give their all and certainly you will see the results.” he advised, pointing out, “If you put in the quality of work required, I have every confidence that our football will move up a few notches. It will not happen overnight, but with time and quality hours, it sure will.”
Etienne promised the coaches that during this 2012-2014 football season, DFA personnel will be visiting them during their coaching sessions to provide technical support that may be required. “What we want to see is quality coaching and that persons who stand on the side lines as coach, are in fact, really coaching,” Etienne noted.
He said those who had indicated that they would participate in the course and failed to show up have done a dis service to their clubs and teams and “have robbed their players of quality coaching.”
The course E License course for football coaches was conducted by Vince Ganzberg and the United States Soccer Federation in collaboration with the DFA.