Cayman Coaches Embrace Grassroots Development

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Fulfilling another objective of its coaches development plan, CONCACAF held a well-received four-day D License coaching course in the Cayman Islands.

The grassroots development course combined intensive classroom education sessions with practical work on the field, focusing on coaching techniques for those instructing children aged 6-12. It is centered on creating engaging exercises that encourage greater participation in the game, while introducing fundamental technical skills.

“The instructors made us see football in a whole new light,” said George Thomas, who manages the Roma United Football Club. “The information enhanced our ability to teach our players and develop the right skills from a younger age.”

“Anyone aspiring to become a coach should take at least one course,” said Gisela Gamba, player-coach with Sunset Football Club and Assistant National Women’s Coach. “Every day I see people volunteering as coaches, they have the best intentions, but they don’t have the basic understanding on how to coach young kids, or how to play football.”

That is a shortcoming which the Cayman Islands Football Association says it is keen to fix, through coaches’ certification.

“CIFA is committed to developing and certifying all coaches,” assured First Vice-President Bruce Blake. From volunteer to professional, every coach in the Cayman Islands, who is interacting with the youth, should know how to teach the game correctly.  This can only be achieved through proper training, certification, and assessment of our coaches.”

The course was attended by 29 coaches, who are already involved at the club level and was conducted by CONCACAF instructors Lenny Lake from St Kitts & Nevis and Neil Ellis from the United States.