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Young coaches trained

Aug 23, 2011, 1:23 PM

The department of youth and sports, in collaboration with Thomas Sankara Football Academy of Bakau, on Sunday concluded a basic coaching course for the academy’s coaches.

The 3-day programme availed the young aspiring coaches the unique opportunity to learn the basic knowledge of coaching, which included the rules of the game, organising training session, game plan, training of goalkeepers and match day preparation.

Speaking to participants at the end of the course, the director of sport at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malang Jassey, said the initiative was made possible thanks to the recommendation of Badou Conateh, the chief executive officer of Thomas Sankara Football Academy, whom he said approached the ministry to have the training course organised.

The president of the Bakau Zonal Sports Committee, Abdoulie Hada Bangura, described the training as significant giving the fact that it will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of the aspiring coaches in their quest to become fully trained coaches.

“I am very much happy for the course and at the same time I am happy to see coaches from Bakau benefitting from such training,” he said, while advising the beneficiaries to make the best use of the knowledge gained from the training.

“You should try and make the best use of this training because all what is being taught here are very important for you to follow and to know the rules or laws of the game much better,” Bangura told the participants.

Also speaking at the closing ceremony was Ebrima Jaw Manneh, who represented the proprietor of the Academy.

He told the gathering that he was very pleased to be associated with the closing ceremony of the training course, while imploring them to take up their coaching career seriously.

Pa Suwareh Faye, assistant director for sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, also spoke at the closing ceremony which brought together local coaches from Thomas Sankara Football Academy of Bakau.