50 graduate with Australian touch coaching certificates
By HENRY MORABANG
TOUCH Football PNG has produced more than 50 level 1 and two level 2 Australian coaching ticketed coaches after the end of a three-day coaching workshop in Port Moresby last week.
The course was held on July 1-3 at Sir John Guise Stadium. It was conducted by accredited coaching instructors, Dean Russell and John Howards from the Federation of International Touch (FIT). Russell is also one of Australia’s most capped touch player and Howard is a qualified coach who guided the Samoa women’s team to winning gold at the Mini Pacific Games in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The two level 2 coaches are Joe Yore and Augustine Aisi, while four women, who are qualified coaches with Australian certificates are Vavine Yore, Kathleen Tamarua, Medlene Pou’ and Kylie Lae. Api Ravu and Lucy Emboge had also attended the 1991 course bringing to six, the number of PNG women with level 1 Australian certificates in coaching clinics.
Topics covered during the workshop included role of coach, coaching junior athletes, teaching individual skills and sub unit skills, team skills, improving performances and specificity, game sense training, sports safety and injury, planning, fitness for touch, defensive play and skills, outline session plan, online attack and skills, video analysis and coaching assessments at the regional championship games by participating coaches.
The coaches were urged to practise and be involved in coaching their own clubs, including juniors to develop and progress to become effective coaches.
It is part of TFPNG’s build-up to its coaching capacity to meet growth and demand in coaching staff in the lead-up to 2015 Pacific Games in PNG. T
he next level 1 Australian coaching and referees courses will be held in Madang followed by another in Goroka for the Highlands region and one in Kokopo or Kavieng for the New Guinea Islands region.