Online coaching refresher course: SAI DG lauds AIFF

NEW DELHI: Sports Authority of India director-general Sandip Pradhan has commended the joint initiative of the All India Football Federation and SAI to use the period of the country-wide lockdown to hold a 13-day online coaching refresher course.

The course, which got underway on Monday, April 20, will see as many as 20 different sessions being held, with the course coming to an end on Saturday, May 2.

“It has always been SAI's effort to upgrade the knowledge base of coaches because every sport is evolving, and unless coaches are abreast with these changes they cannot impart the best training to athletes,” Pradhan said.

“I am very happy with the efforts put by AIFF to make the online session for football coaches a success. Football is evolving in India in a big way, and going forward SAI and AIFF will take up many such interesting projects together,” Pradhan informed.

Coaches from all over the country have signed-up for the course -- with coaching instructors of AIFF and even senior men’s national team head coach Igor Stimac, and technical director Isac Doru delivering lectures.

“This is for the first time that SAI in association with sporting federations in the country has created training modules for coaches in 16 disciplines and all the sessions are taking place simultaneously. We have been able to get the best experts in every field to hold the training sessions and the participation of coaches has been overwhelming in every discipline,” Pradhan further stated.

Meanwhile, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das believes that the online course will help the attending coaches to “refresh” their knowledge.

“The two-week refresher coaching course is a brilliant initiative. AIFF understands the value of going digital, and as the entire country stays locked down at home we are glad to provide the coaches an opportunity to refresh their knowledge. I need to thank SAI for their support and cooperation,” Das said.

“I encourage all young coaches involved in grassroots and youth development to register and learn as they will be able to learn from the best coaching educators and instructors in the country, as well as interact with the AIFF Technical Director, and the Head Coach of the Senior National Team,” he urged.

The AIFF had earlier held an online referee’s course, and also facilitated another online meeting for coaches to discuss the future course of action. In addition, the League Committee meeting was also held online last week.