Coaching ● Nov 07, 2022

FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course (Part 2) concluded


Daniel Bennett at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) recently concluded Part 2 of the FAS/Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course.


Held from 27 October to 1 November at ITE College Central, 24 participants came under the mentorship of Lead Coach Developer, Mr Subramani Shunmugham, and Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Loh Ngiap Tai in the second of four parts of this course. Over the six days, participants went through theory topics like “Emotions In Football”, and “The Coach, The Job, & The Leader”. For practical sessions, the main bulk was focused on the first practical assessment, while topics like “Defending Play”, “Football Fitness” and “Goalkeeping” were also shared.


Ahmadulhaq Che Omar at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022


In addition, there were four guest speakers who shared their expertise. Mr Haiyum Jaafar from the FAS Football Science & Medicine Department made a presentation on football fitness topics, while FAS Goalkeeper Coach Mr Ahmadulhaq Che Omar did likewise on goalkeeping topics. Finally, Coach Developers, Mr Herman Zailani and Mr Shasi Kumar, made presentations on Match Analysis and Communications Skills respectively.


Herman Zailani at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022


Participants had praise for the structure of the course, which they felt was effective in facilitating their learning, in particular the nature of the feedback that was provided.


Tanjong Pagar United defender Daniel Bennett told “The interactive nature of the course has put coaches in realistic situations to solve problems and produce work. It has been both physically and mentally demanding but rewarding for all in an environment that is open and positive. Especially beneficial are the feedback sessions on our coaching which uses both video and audio technology to capture our strengths and weaknesses.”


Ho Wen Jin at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022


Ms Ho Wen Jin added: “I appreciate the learning process designed in this FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course. The structure of the course allows many opportunities for reflection and self-directed learning. The video and audio recording of our practical assessment was made available to us immediately after our session.


“This provided us with time to reflect on what was done well and what could have been better before a one-on-one feedback time with our Lead Coach Developer, Mr Subramani Shunmugham. I believe the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course will be very beneficial to anyone who wishes to progress in their coaching journey. The team of Coach Developers in the course are professional yet approachable and takes an effort to help us grow as a coach. I’m a better coach now than when I first started on this course.”


Loh Ngiap Tai at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022


Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Loh, was delighted to see the unity among the group and said: “It was great to see this group of coaches showing a positive attitude to learning and also to their personal development and growth.  It took lots of hard work from everyone and the group really came together to support each other in this journey. Well done!”


Mr Zainudeen Hassan, FAS, Head, Coach Education and Development, concluded: “Emotions In Football is a topic we are beginning to explore in the coaching courses and is an important area we can help coaches to develop. Firstly, by identifying Helpful/Harmful and Pleasant/Unpleasant feelings in the emotional matrix, coaches can increase their awareness and better manage emotions in the teams they work with to help players improve their performances.


“Secondly, by identifying “Triggers” that cause unpleasant and harmful emotions, coaches are better equipped to manage their own emotions so that they can remain focused on the task and be better role models for their players. This is an important part of the coaches’ learning journey to help them develop players holistically and help improve performance.


“The topic which was presented by our Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Loh Ngiap Tai, was well received by the course participants. Moving forward, the FAS Coach Education & Development Department will refine the contents and deliver it in all levels of our courses.”


Shasi Kumar at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, October 2022


The course participants will now proceed to Part 3 of the course, where they’ll be clocking at least 24 hours of coaching experience at a youth programme before returning for Part 4 of the course from 1 to 6 December).




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