Out of the 23 participants joined this course, all of whom had previously completed the FAS Introductory Coaching Course, 12 of them were either current or alumni students of Republic Polytechnic, October 2023.
SINGAPORE, 9 NOVEMBER 2023 – The Coaching Education and Development (CED) Department of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) recently concluded the 2023 FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course.
Conducted under the mentorship of the Lead Coach Developer, Mr Loh Ngiap Tai, and the Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Abdul Musawir Bin Abdul Gany, the course took place at Republic Polytechnic, and was divided into three segments: Pre-Course, In-Course, and Post-Course. The In-Course segment was further divided into two parts and was held in September and October respectively:
Part 1: September 25 – September 30, 2023
Part 2: October 9 – October 14, 2023
A total of 23 individuals joined this course, all of whom had previously completed the FAS Introductory Coaching Course. Notably, 12 participants were either current or alumni students of Republic Polytechnic.
Coach Nurhuda during her practical assessment, October 2023.
During the Pre-Course segment, participants engaged in 18 hours of e-learning sessions, covering SG-Coach Theory Level 1 and Foundation Sport Science. The In-Course segment featured a blend of theory and practical sessions. Practical sessions included coaching on core skills such as ‘Running with the ball’, ‘Striking the ball’, ‘1 v 1’, and ‘First touch’. Theory sessions covered topics like ‘Coaching Processes’, ‘Safe Sport’, and ‘Principles of Play’.
The course also benefited from the expertise of guest presenters, including FAS’s Goalkeeping Department, Referees Department, and Football Science & Medicine Department, who presented various topics such as ‘Basic Handling & Positioning’, ‘Laws of the Game’, ‘Nutrition’, ‘Sport Psychology (Fixed vs Growth Mindset)’, and ‘Injury Prevention’.
Head of Football Science & Medicine Department, Firdaus Massar giving a presentation, October 2023.
Participants underwent video and audio recorded practical assessments during the In-Course segment, receiving individual feedback sessions with Coach Developers. The third practical assessment will be completed in their coaching environments, allowing them to self-record their sessions for evaluation and feedback.
Participants will proceed to gain practical experience by working with an amateur club or youth program, mentored by at least an FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma or equivalent coach. They will also take and pass the respective SG-Coach Theory Level 1 and Foundation Sport Science exams, leading to the award of the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration).
Fashah Iskandar in the practical assessment, October 2023.
Course participant and current Tanjong Pagar United goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar shared that the course was an eye-opening experience: “Playing and coaching are truly two different things. I thought game experience was the only thing that I needed to focus on, but coaching brings in a whole new challenge. I’m eternally grateful for both Coach Developers, who were incredibly helpful and painstakingly guided me through my doubts.”
Former Lioness and Republic Polytechnic’s alumni for Diploma in Sport Coaching Hamizah Abdul Talib reflected similar sentiments, adding: “It was a wonderful opportunity for me to develop deeper into the technical aspects of the game during the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course. I learnt about designing effective session plans that focus on technical skills, tactical understanding, and overall player development. During the practical sessions, along with the other course participants, I put what I learned in the classroom segment into practice and applied different coaching methodologies on the field. The Coach Developers provided valuable feedback and guidance, helping us refine our coaching techniques. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It broadened my understanding of the coaching process and provided me valuable tools to enhance player development.”
Nurhuda Mohd Saad, who is a coach at Flair Football Academy, shared that the course helped her relook into her coaching methods: “After attending the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course, I’ve learned that I could have coached better by showing more to make sure my players at my current coaching location understand what they are doing and not just to listen and do what they’re told to do.”
Hamizah Abdul Talib in the practical assessment, October 2023.
Mr Loh was heartened to see the enthusiasm from the course participants: “It was great to see this group of enthusiastic and teachable coaches going through the process of the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course in order to grow in their competency in coaching and also their own character as a coach. May they continue this journey of learning with humility and hard work!”
Technical Director Mr Michael Browne concluded: “FAS would like to thank Republic Polytechnic for their assistance and the provision of facilities for us to conduct this course. This is our 2nd edition of the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course. As the course name implies, the football-related elements of the course are integrated with learning content from CoachSG, which will enhance the learning experience for course participants. FAS will continue to support the course participants as they strive to achieve the required competency necessary to successfully complete the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma (SG-Coach Level 1 Full Integration) Coaching Course.”