Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) held a three-day Senior Coaching Certificate course for the western division coaches at Fiji FA Academy in Ba last week.
Technical director Ravinesh Kumar, who conducted the course, said this course have been held in Fiji for the first time taking into consideration the new OFC convention.
“The new OFC convention says that all coaches who want to start senior coaching can only do so after doing this course and then they can progress to the OFC C-license course,” Kumar said.
“This was an opportunity for all the district coaches and that is why we invited all the district coaches who are not at B and A license to enhance their knowledge and come into the coaching system.
“I really thank the district associations who had sent their coaches especially Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, Tavua and Rakiraki who sent one coach, but then other coaches who were supposed to come did not turn up as it was very important for them to get this certificate.
Kumar said Fiji FA will very soon enforce the regulation that all coaches must have certificates and license to be eligible to be in the technical area during the games.
“Coaches who did not attend these courses may not be able to coach a team or stand for a team in the technical area during game time.
“Very soon the technical department will give names to the CEO to send a list to all the districts to show which coaches are eligible to be present to coach their teams.
“You must have seen coaches who are progressing in their coach education like Lautoka’s Kamal Swamy and former Rewa coach Marika Rodu, these coaches have enhanced their coach education levels and their teams are also performing.
“It is not only about the players, it’s about the education level of the coaches as well which is very important.”