*Onyali graces event, praise organisers
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis
2017 Dutch Coerver Coaching basic course for coaches in Nigerian secondary schools started in Abuja Thursday.
The Youth Diploma 1 course was conducted by the Technical Director, Mr Rainel Woerdings and J. A. Omar, at the Premier International School, Abuja with both classroom and practicals on the field.
Mr. Yomi Kuku, Executive Director of Search and Groom Youth for Development centre – who are the partners of Coerver Coaching in Nigeria, said the 2017 training course was designed to hold within the school environment for school managements to officially adopt the coaching method as a learning tool during extra-curricular activities. He was optimistic that in a short while when the trained coaches start to implement the curriculum they’ve learnt, the social impact will blow your minds.
Welcoming participants, Mrs Grace Ken-Okoroafor, Head-teacher of Premier international school, urged other schools in Abuja and environs to explore the benefit of the programme saying it would not only build the capacity of their coaches but also impact on children’s skills in football and other sports.
Miss Gloria Garba added, “our school is happy to have held the maiden edition of the programme in our school. We are about training and development of our human resources. We hope this will remain the home of the Coerver coaching programme in Abuja.
Five-time Olympian and Executive Director (Technical) of the Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST), Chief Mary Onyali said, “we need to appreciate Mr Yomi Kuku and Coerver for bringing freshness and new methods of teaching football to Nigeria. Nigeria has the potentials to produce coaches that can match the best in the world, if only the country can embrace a more robust technical and mental shift from what they are currently familiar with.
“I attended the first day programme and I can tell you that the Coerver coaching programme is not just about kicking the ball around or other regular norms we are all familiar with in coaching. It is about understanding the secrets behind every soccer technique, skill, concentration and mental alertness. It involves skills coaches can use, must have to pass on knowledge to players at any level.”
Extolling the 33 year old programme, “we have presence in over 50 countries and have also made remarkable contributions to the patterns of play of teams like Stoke City, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and so on,” said Woerdings.
Woerdings added that, “Our Youth Diploma 1 course has been delivered in over 30 countries and has won acclaim from grassroots and professional coaches alike for its innovative, practical, material and the results that come afterwards in the development of skill, confidence and creativity in coaches and their players. There is clearly potential to significantly improve the football experience for young people across Nigeria, and it all starts with developing better coaches.”
He added that Coerver Coaching is based on the innovative principles created by Wiel Coerver, a former Feyenoord FC player. It was formed in 1984 by Alf Galustian and former Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke, who were given exclusive rights to develop and expand the Coerver method worldwide.
Mr Ibrahim Tafawa Balewa whose organisation, ‘Earth Green Concepts’ sponsored 10 youth coaches from Bauchi for the training told www.gongnews.net that, “Coerver Coaching could not have come at a better time when Nigerian football needs major technical overhauling that must take place from the grassroots to the national level.”
He enjoined the convener of the project not to relent in pushing further to reach all concerned stakeholders.
Kuku, Executive Director, Search and Groom revealed that his organisation is excited over Coerver’s re-appearance in Nigeria and first appearance in Abuja and the level of support and acceptance especially from the local communities. “It is remarkable that Premier International school is championing this revolutionary programme that can enhance massive growth in our football to the benefit of all concerned,” he explained.
By Friday morning, Yomi Kuku and one other guest would be appearing on the authoritative television programme anchored by Olaoluwa Aro on ITV to explain to the viewing public the basis of their presence in Abuja and how the programme will impact on the local community.