Digicel affiliates for the Kick Start Clinic, Chelsea Football Club Foundation, completed a three-day stay on island with a coaches cClinic at scenic Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, Vieux Fort.
Over 20 local football coaches benefited from a Coach Education Programme put on by the three top coaches from the Chelsea Football Club Foundation, England, courtesy Digicel.
The programme began with an indoor session at the Coconut Bay conference room where the Chelsea coaches discussed with their local counterparts, the development process for footballers.
They also went in-depth into the importance of making coaching styles relevant to their teams, how players learn and how to make the training enjoyable so that the athletes would want to become professionals in the game.
The local participants were then taken to the playing field of the Resort where they were put through the paces to put into practice what they learned earlier on.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the local coaching staff,” said Kane Nicholas Cowburn, Chelsea international football development head coach. “They were eager to learn and excited about expanding their knowledge.”
Francis Daniel, chairman of the Castries Football Association, said: “It was a refreshing to be part of the coaches clinic facilitated by Chelsea Football Foundation in partnership with Digicel.
The focus on developing an appropriate philosophy that lends itself to improving the quality and quantity of participation of youth players, coupled with a creative approach to executing practical sessions was appropriate, given the constraints that local coaches face when attempting to acquiring football training equipment.”
The three Chelsea coaches will continue to travel throughout the Caribbean to select three under-16 players to receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a one-week training camp at the Digicel Academy in Barbados in October.