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The Saint Lucia Football Association (SLFA) has announced plans to train approximately 30 football coaches through the new international licensing system at the end of this month.
During the announcement at a press conference held at the Youth and Sport Ministry Conference Room in Castries on Wednesday (May 22), President of the SLFA Lyndon Cooper said the training courses will be supported by both regional and international bodies, including the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
The course will commence on May 29 and end on June 1. It will be the ‘D’ licensing for coaches. CONCACAF has created a licensing system for all coaches and it’s a programmed from A-D.
“We expect to give these coaches an additional tool to assist with the advancement of the technical side of the game. We are also going to launch the Olympic course soon…” he added.
The SLFA head said the under 21 is the build up to the Olympic call and therefore it will be used to enhance the technical competence of the football coaches here.
Cooper asserted that the improvements made over the past two and a half years must be maintained and further advanced, bringing football to another level in Saint Lucia.
Technical Director of the SLFA Cyril ‘Ces” Podd said he was surprised when he came to the Caribbean and realised that there was not any coaching qualification in the entire CONCACAF region. But, with pressure on the organisation to reshape the level of football this was changed eventually.
Podd believes that the qualification system will help to improve the game.
“You have to select the coaches, and at the moment you can only select coaches from how well they have done with their clubs. That is not always the best way to select coaches. You really ought to know what level of coaching knowledge they have and experience. The only way we can do that is by having a qualification and being able to gauge as they upgrade their qualification to see what standard they are and where they are going,” he added.
The technical director pointed out however that Saint Lucia was the first to start this system and then CONCACAF as the official body responsible for football in this region, introduced it shortly after. Officials from that body will be coming here to assist Podd with the delivery of the course.
Once these coaches qualify, it will allow them to apply for jobs not only in the region, but internationally. This training exercise will take place in Soufriere.