Sandip Pradhan, Director-General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) commended the joint initiative of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and SAI to hold a 13-day online coaching refresher course during the span of the nationwide lockdown.
The course was started on April 20 with the number 20 different sessions being wielded, the course coming to an end on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Pradhan said, “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 this changes they cannot impart the best training to athletes.”
“I am very happy with the efforts put by AIFF to make the online sessions for football coaches and success, football is evolving in India in a big way and going forward SAI and AIFF will take up many such interesting projects together, ” he added.
Coaching instructors of AIFF and even senior men’s national team head coach Igor Stimac and Technical Director Isac Doru are delivering lectures with coaches from all over the country.
Meanwhile, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das assumes that the online course will help the coaches to ‘refresh’ their knowledge.
The AIFF General Secretary urged that “The two-week refreshers coaching course is a brilliant initiative. AIFF understands know the value of going digital, and as the entire country stays locked down at home we are glad to provide the coaches with an opportunity to refresh their knowledge. I need to thank SAI for their support and cooperation.”
“I encourage all young coaches involved in grassroots and your development to register and learn as they will be able to learn the best coaching educators and instructors in the country, as well as interact with AIFF technical director, and the head coach of the senior national team, ” Das added.
The AIFF had earlier started an online referee’s course and also fostered another online meeting to discuss the future course of litigation for coaches. In the upswing, the League Committee conference was done online last week.