*We want to producing highly skillful future football stars – Ogunnowo
By Olayinka Elebute
Coaches in the Nationwide League One (NLO) are to be trained and certified by Coerver Coaching in 11th – 17th September in Abuja.
The Youth Diploma 1 professional development course to be held at the FIFA goal project, Abuja is facilitated by Search and Groom youth for development centre, in association with the Nationwide League One (NLO) and the Technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a statement released by the Chief Operating Officer of the NLO, Shola Ogunnowo, the board of Nationwide League One has directed the secretariat to commence preparation for the Coerver Coaching course for all Nationwide League One clubs coaches, in fulfillment of its promise to do so as announced during the annual general meeting held in Abuja early this year.
Ogunnowo further revealed that the NLO made the decision in furtherance of its objective to use the NLO as a supply chain to producing highly skillful future football stars for Nigerian football.
In his words; “We did a thorough job, researching and establishing the fact that this is a professional development course endorsed and approved by FIFA for youth club football, established in 50 countries with a reputation for training coaches in the last thirty- three (33) years of existence. In conjunction with the Technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), we were left with no choice than to embrace Coerver Coaching. This is our best chance to align forces with an institution that will help build the capacity of our grassroots and development coaches.”
He thanked Mr Yomi Kuku, the Executive Director of Search and Groom youth for development centre and facilitators of Coerver Coaching in Nigeria, for his belief in the NLO as a reliable organization.
In his response, Kuku said working with such a massive number of clubs comes with a huge responsibility, promising to match up with the challenge beyond the period of the training course.
“We are all in this commitment to improve the standard of football in Nigeria, we will not shirk in our responsibility.”
Meanwhile, registration has opened with numerous clubs in the Nationwide League One (NLO) already indicating interest in sending coaches to attend the Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma 1 course.
The deadline for registration is 25th August, 2017. The NLO is the nation’s largest football league and this will be a massive opportunity for the coaches who work as the bedrock of the nation’s football. This is also another milestone in the annals of great administrative acumen in that league and innovations being visited yearly.
Coerver Coaching is based on the innovative principles created by Wiel Coerver 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.
Coerver Coaching have experience coaching instructors to impart high-quality training on coaches, who in turn help train players focusing on the “player development method” which is tested and trusted with high success rates in 50 countries across the world including and not limited to England, Japan, Netherlands, France, Germany, United States of America etc.