Coaches hail AIFF-SAI’s online coaching refresher course

first_imgNEW DELHI: Coaches who attended the online coaching refresher course jointly organised by All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) hailed the effort, stating that it has “helped spread intricate knowledge of the game across the grassroots levels.”A total of 884 coaches from all over the country registered for the programme. The course which had kicked-off on April 20, concluded on Saturday, as per a report on AIFF’s official website. “I literally was struggling to find ways to spend my time during the lockdown, when I came to know about the course, and signed-up immediately,” current Bhawanipore FC head coach, and former Mohun Bagan gaffer Sankarlal Chakraborty was quoted as saying by the-aiff.com. “Topics discussed during the sessions have really refreshed me — opening up a whole new dimension in my thought process.” Former custodian and India U-23 goalkeeping coach Tanumoy Basu lauded the programme stating that it provided the coaches “an opportunity to review their own coaching methodologies, enabling them to reflect and improve their own methods.” “We are normally busy at the grounds with our teams, and do not have much time to revisit or rethink the way we train our players. It was a great initiative by AIFF and SAI to conduct this course during the lockdown. It helped us to reflect on our own coaching methodologies,” Basu said. Along with AIFF coaching instructors, lectures were also delivered by the likes of senior men’s national team head coach Igor Stimac, AIFF technical director Isac Doru, AIFF head of coach education Savio Madeira amongst others. Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s coach in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 also enlightened the participants when he conducted a session from his home in Croatia on ‘How to handle star players.’ Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also joined in at a session with Dalic to encourage the coaches, highlighting the importance of grassroots football. IANSAlso Read: 2021 Chengdu Summer Universiade still on track: FISU Also Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more