Royal Dutch Football Association has partnered with the Kisumu Youth Football Association to offer local coaches a five � day practical and plenary training with an aim of improving the quality of local football.
Piet DeJong, an instructor from the Royal Dutch Football Association said football has become competitive across the globe and it was necessary to train coaches with the necessary skills that will help them to be tactful in dealing with the dynamics of the game.
Today football is not just about talent like it used to be, it now involves proper training, mentorship, motivation and investment. By training coaches, we lay a foundation upon which young players will benefit during their own interactions with the trained coaches, said DeJong.
The instructor who has also been in Ghana and Mozambique observed that Kenya has got talent and it was necessary to tap it before it was late adding that Dutch has invested in football and will extend the same in Kenya.
Kisumu Youth Football Association Manager, Kevin Obware said that he was impressed that Kisumu had been identified as one of the training centres at the time they were preparing a team to participate in the Kenya Premier League by 2020.
Obware added that they were taking the training seriously and coaches will be submitting monthly reports to the Association on the progress and response of players to the new skills and tactics imparted.
Agrochemicals Head Coach, Paul Okayi lauded the programme saying it will help bring in new ideas and inspire coaches in their daily chores.
It is inspiring and will definitely help us get new ideas from much experienced coaches who are now our instructors here, said Okayi
His sentiments were echoed by Palos Women FC Head coach, Juma Saidi who termed the training timely and necessary. Former Starlets player Martha Karimi challenged talented ladies to come out and showcase their talent without fear,
Karimi has been appointed by the Dutch Football Association as one of the local instructors.
Practical sessions have been taking place at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds with local players drawn from Kisumu’s informal settlements of Manyatta, Kondele and Mamboleo being used in offering practical and technical skills to the coaches.
The training will also be carried out in Kitale, Migori, Nairobi, Kilifi and Mombasa.
Source: Kenya News Agency