Coaching ● Nov 18, 2016

AFC ‘A’ Coaching Certificate Coaching Course In Singapore


SINGAPORE, 18 NOVEMBER 2016: The first of four modules for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ Coaching Certificate Course began on Monday 14 November at Jalan Besar Stadium. The course, organised by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), is being attended by a total of 22 participants including former National Team defender Mohamed Noh Rahman, as well as coaches from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Britain and Belgium.

FIFA and AFC Coaching Instructor Vincent Subramaniam is conducting the module, together with FAS Head of Coach Education Mohamed Basir Ellaya Kutty and AFC Coaching Instructor M. S. Arasu.

In an opening session with the course participants, FAS Technical Director Michel Sablon shared the philosophies and strategies of the national football development plan and wished them an enjoyable learning journey.

Lead Instructor for the module Vincent also emphasised the need to stay relevant in upgrading coaching knowledge to keep up with changing trends. He extended his gratitude to the AFC as well as FAS for giving him the opportunity to play a role in developing and bringing the coaches involved to the next level.

Head of Coach Education Basir added: “This course is part of our continued development plans to increase the knowledge base of our coaches. At the same time, we aim to instil our playing and national development philosophies in our coaching landscape in order for us to progress.”

Course participant James Richard Barnett from the United Kingdom said: “This module has provided good insight on many situations, especially the off-field experiences in professional-level football. I think it is important to create the right environment for the players to perform in the highest level through good coaching.”

Japan’s Yuki Matsuda felt that learning with coaches from different backgrounds allowed his counterparts to share and exchange experiences unique to their own country during the breakout sessions.

Former Singapore international Noh Rahman is also keen to expand his knowledge during the course, and will be taking the opportunity to meet and share information with like-minded coaches.

“For me, it is definitely a good opportunity for me and the coaches to learn new methodologies of coaching to improve our capabilities. It is also a good opportunity to exchange ideas and network with coaches from around the region.”

The first module will end on 19 November 2016, with the second and fourth modules to be conducted in April and September 2017 respectively. The third module, scheduled for May to August 2017, will see the coaches being attached to a team of their choice on an internship to put theory into practice.