Following their successful completion of the CONCACAF D-License and Goalkeeping courses last year, 27 coaches were officially presented with their certificates on January 7th.
The coaches that received their D-Licenses at the presentation ceremony held at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) office were Bryan Joseph, Devnon Winter, Levi Braithwaite, Sampson Gilbert, Trevor Burnett, Akila Castello and Vurlon Mills.
Some 19 persons attended the November 1st-4t course.
The successful trainers in the Goalkeeping Course were Quincy Madramootoo, Seon Prince, Jersild Wright, Eon De Vieira, Dirk Henry, Denzil Thompson, O’Neal Heywood, Royston Nascimento, Jamal Caster, Quasim Yusuf, Dwain Babb, Dirk Henry, Kenneth Edwards, Kassie Da Silva, Orlando Hendricks, Kevin Tixey, Andrew Hazel, Rawle Gittens and Keron Monroe.
This course took place from October 4th-6th last year and featured 25 participants. The GFF also staged an E-License programme involving some 24 teachers.
“In brief comments to the attendees at the simple ceremony, Ian Greenwood, GFF Technical Director congratulated the candidates and informed them that the federation will explore more technical courses in 2017 to build capacity of the coaches in Guyana, both nationally and at the Association level,” a release from the GFF stated.
According to Greenwood, the GFF was looking to have a lot more courses throughout the year (which will be) CONCACAF and FIFA-based.
“We’re looking at developing the coach education structure at the GFF (and) linking it (to) the Coach’s Association as well. So throughout the year, there will be a structured calendar where there will be seminars, courses and development plans for you as individual coaches,” the release quoted Greenwood as saying.
According to the release, a coaches’ data base will also be developed and employment opportunities will be made available.
Greenwood stated that the GFF, was looking to employ Technical Development Officers in the local associations and youth coaches as well.
GFF president Wayne Forde said that the Executive Committee will place much emphasis on coaches’ education and infrastructure development in the New Year.
This will involve an annual investment of approximately US$750,000 in infrastructural development.
Forde, the release stated, underscored the need for self-development of the coaches to complement the formal training being provided.
“Apart from the training that Mr. Greenwood and the GFF will expose you to, you need to take some responsibility to develop yourself; you need to read, you need to research and (use) every opportunity you have to exercise your craft. If there is a school within your district, if there (are) a few kids within your neighborhood that you can bring into the sport, if there is a club that you should be aligning yourself with, by all means take the initiative,” Forde was quoted as saying.
“I think once you have demonstrated consistently that you are making an effort to improve on yourself, we will meet you…75 percent or 80 percent of the way because we have an obligation as a Federation, to invest in you…”, Forde stated. In closing, the President congratulated the coaches, especially the lone female coach, and recommitted the Executive Committee’s plan to develop coaches in the country,” the GFF president added.