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FIFA course educates youth coaches

Simon Toselli has played in France, Spain and was a member of the French Youth National Team. He completed a Master’s Degree in sports training and became a coach in the USA ten years ago.
Toselli joined OFC as a coach mentor to support technical departments in Oceania and develop programmes from grassroots, to youth and elite players.
The coaching course was conducted at the Cook Islands Football Association which commenced on Monday 28th April with a welcoming address by CIFA General Secretary Mii Piri and wraps up on Friday evening with a presentation of certificates to the participants.
The participants were able to focus on three main areas of coaching from understanding player development, coaching approach and age appropriate development.
“The course was aimed to give tools for coaches to prepare, deliver and evaluate suitable training sessions for youth. The focus has been placed on the ‘cues of the game’ for a player centred approach” said FIFA/OFC Instructor Simon Toselli.
“It is key that coaches understand principles of the game and design sessions that suit or fit their players and environments” adds Toselli.
The course covered theory sessions, group activities, physical and tactical demonstrations and practical sessions during the five days.
“This week’s course has been intense and I am very pleased with the participant’s involvement and level of their contributions.” Toselli continues.
“During the coaching process the candidates were required to deliver daily practicals with youth players groups ranging from 13 to 14 years and 15 to 16 years old. We would give feedback and evaluate sessions all together. I find this the most effective way” states Toselli.
The coaches will be more equipped for the progression of the youth and providing the tools needed for those that are passionate about football.
With Toselli extensive playing, coaching background and aspiration for fostering football, CIFA is pleased to have him on-board to grow football in the Cook Islands.