Coaching ● Mar 13, 2024

2024 FAS Grassroots Coaching Course for Republic Polytechnic students, lecturers and alumni has concluded




SINGAPORE, 13 MARCH 2024 – The Coaching and Education Department recently wrapped up the 2024 FAS Grassroots Coaching Course at Republic Polytechnic (RP) on 4 and 5 March 2024. The course, tailored for full-time and part-time students, alumni, and lecturers from Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sport Coaching, attracted a cohort of 20 individuals committed to developing young players aged between six to nine years old.



Under the guidance of Lead Coach Developer, Mr. Isa Haleem, and Assistant Coach Developer, Ms. Yeong Sheau Shyan, participants delved into an enriching curriculum covering essential theoretical aspects such as the “Characteristics of Children” and “Qualities of a Good Coach.” Practical sessions included topics like the “Introduction of S.M.I.L.E.S.” framework and “Components of Coaching Session.”



An introduction session by Isa Haleem, February 2024. 



An integral part of the course was the opportunity for participants to plan and deliver coaching sessions, receiving constructive feedback from experienced Coach Developers. This hands-on approach not only honed their coaching skills but also emphasized the importance of continuous improvement in the coaching process.



Following the course, participants will embark on a 16-hour attachment at football academies as part of their post-course assignment, providing them with valuable real-world experience to complement their theoretical learning.



Course participant Mr Bernard Tan (in yellow) chasing the ball, February 2024.



Reflecting on their experience, Mr. Bernard Tan, an alumni of RP’s Diploma in Sport Coaching, shared, “It’s a very enriching experience for aspiring coaches. It helps everyone to understand and learn about the process of coaching. Most importantly is to enjoy the process of coaching. When we enjoy the process, our players will also enjoy the process of learning and playing football. It’ll eventually benefit both coaches and players involved!”


Ms K Harini (second from left) participating in a session, February 2024.



Ms. K Harini, another course participant, emphasized the significance of the course in shaping her coaching philosophy, stating, “The FAS Grassroots Coaching Course has taught me that my coaching will have an impact on the progress of young kids’ football journey. Therefore, I need to be a coach that enhances the learning and fun element of football for the kids. I’ve also learnt that to execute a quality coaching session, planning is important. So through the course, I take away the S.M.I.L.E.S. framework to plan my future sessions.”


A group presenting on “Qualities of a Good Coach”, February 2024. 


Mr. Isa Haleem, the Lead Coach Developer, expressed his satisfaction with the participants’ enthusiasm and dedication, concluding, “It’s heartening to see the participants displaying great enthusiasm and energy in delivering their sessions and grasping positive knowledge from everyone. We believe this will provide them with the right foundation to excel in their coaching journey.”




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