The Bahamas FA had organized a coaching qualification course that took place for eight weeks over zoom for two hours. This qualification process was for coaches to who are aspiring to work in different areas for Beach Soccer. Twelve coaches took that opportunity to receive useful knowledge that they will apply to coaching their future beach soccer players. Each coach was enthusiastic to receive the new information that did not know before. There are four license levels C, B, A and PRO. The license level the BFA decided to implement was a C license.
The coaching academy was based on three pillars: teach beach soccer to everyone, teach beach soccer well, and teach more than football. As coaches, you should be able to allow your player to have fun whiles playing the sport, teach it in depth and to help each player to understand the concept of each drill, and teach each player things outside of football such as life lessons.
The academy instilled knowledge to the licensees based on these three pillars: knowledge of the characteristics of children and young people, having pedagogical capacity for teaching and organizing and lastly, knowledge for the beach soccer game.
One of the coaches, Annisa Albury gave her experience on the coaching course. “Having begun playing beach soccer within the last year, I took the opportunity to participate in the BFA’s C license coaching course to both expand my knowledge as a player and develop a foundation of the fundamentals of beach soccer coaching. The course provided me with an extensive overview of key aspects of the game and encouraged me to put my knowledge into practice. The assignments, lectures and discussions all pushed me to think more critically about the sport and how I can continue developing my coaching skills in this area of soccer. While the course was done fully on Zoom, Coach Escobar created an environment where we could learn, ask questions and engage in meaningful learning experiences. I cannot wait to participate in the Level B licensure course soon.”
At the end of the eight week period the twelve coaches successfully received their C license and learn a lot about how to conduct to their sessions and train their players.
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