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Coaches focus on Women’s Football

The course is conducted by FIFA Instructor Nicola Demaine of New Zealand.
The course participants were welcomed by President Lee Harmon through an encouraging message of what to expect and how to best utilize course instructor, Demaine while on the island.
“I am pleased that CIFA can provide such a course to our coaches not only to polish their coaching skills however for coaches to equip their knowledge on how to increase the participation of women in the game of football,” says Harmon.
“The association is grateful to Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and FIFA for responding to our request for this coaching course,” he says.
Demaine, who moved to New Zealand from England seven years ago, joined OFC as the new Women’s Football Development Manager, says it is important to look to increase Cook Islands participation and improve performance at international level and one way is through courses provided like this one.
“Cook Islands have participated at OFC tournaments and are always up there in regards to performances with other Oceania Member Association. From what I have seen Cook Islands have proven to be one of the strong teams within the region in the women’s game,” says Demaine.
The six-day course, held at the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) home of football in Matavera, provides an opportunity for coaches to understand where women’s football needs to go, how to be an effective coach and what to do next for women’s football here in the Cook Islands.
The content is centred around junior and youth level coaching while also touching on elite football with theoretical and practical training sessions.
Course participants are made up of coaches who are currently involved with women’s football within their clubs and players who have represented the Cook Islands in football at various age groups.

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